MANILA - The rise of rape-slay cases could be due to police getting less involved in illegal drug operations, the country's top cop claimed Friday.
Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said that during the height of their campaign against illegal drugs, crime significantly went down, particularly rape.
“I don't want to speculate but tingnan niyo naman, yung malakas yung ating war on drugs meron ba kayong nabalitaan na ganito ka sensational na rape case?," he said in a press conference in Camp Crame.
"Siguro yun lang sa San Jose Del Monte wherein pinatay yung pati yung bata hindi ba. Other than that masyadong bumababa. Of all the cases na minomonitor natin yung 8 focus crimes during the first 6 months of our war on drugs, ang rape ang dramatically, significantly nag-decrease talaga, talagang nawala,” Dela Rosa said.
PNP claimed its records show that rape cases went down by 7.3 percent in the June-July 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.
Dela Rosa said there is a huge possibility that the use of illegal drugs is related to rape cases.
“Walang matinong tao na mang-rape patayin ang babae at sunugin pa ang biktima kung matino ang utak mo, kung hindi nga lango sa drugs, hindi ba?," he said.
"Ayaw kong mag-insinuate sa publiko na yan ang dahilan but that's a glaring reality. That's a fact that is happening, bumaba ng husto yung rape cases during our war on drugs. Ngayon na nawala tayo sa war on drugs biglang tumaas na naman."
Dela Rosa said he relayed to President Rodrigo Duterte the rape-slay case of bank employee Mabel Cama, who was brutally murdered in Pasig.
“Nakuwento ko yan sa kanya, nagalit siya. Nagalit siya. Sabi niya ‘Tanawa', 'See that?' Yun sabi niya. Wala siyang sinabi pero mahirap naman ako pa ang magsabi sa kanya,” Dela Rosa explained.
Dela Rosa said should anti-drug operations be led anew by the PNP, cops will be given body cameras to ensure that the next operations would be transparent to the public.
“Yun lang ang aking ipo-propose na i-insist na talagang magbabago pag kami ay babalik sa war on drugs. Dapat mabili agad namin yung aming body camera,” Dela Rosa said.
But for now, PNP will focus on internal cleansing so that anytime they are asked to resume they are ready.