MANILA — The number of crimes reported to authorities nationwide dropped 10 percent in May, compared to the same period last year, the Philippine National Police said.
Crime incidents in May fell to 38,000 from 42,500, said PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac, attributing the decline to the government's anti-drug campaign.
The PNP recorded 6,600 drug suspects killed in anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016, the start of the Duterte administration, to May 31, 2019.
Out of 42,045 barangays, 12,177 were considered "cleared" of illegal drugs, while 20,471 others have yet to be cleared of narcotics. The PNP said 282 were classified as "seriously" affected.
Alfredo Ko Se Hoc, a 64-year-old entrepreneur from Manila's Binondo district said it the government's anti-crime drive "scared" drug suspects.