DCPO chief orders news blackout on crime reports

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


DAVAO CITY Police Office (DCPO) director ordered the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) members not to release any spot report of crime incidents to the media starting Monday.

The media were stunned when they noticed that there were no copies of spot reports or blotters placed outside the IDMB office. It has been a standard practice that the spot and progress reports are posted at the media lounge.

However, DCPO director Senior Supt. Vicente Danao reportedly got mad with the IDMB personnel when he saw some spot reports placed outside their office early morning Monday.

A source, who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak, said Danao ordered them to keep the spot and progress reports away from the media.

According to the director, from now on, the media can go and ask for spot reports in 12 police stations.

"Ngayon ko lang narinig yan. Dito naman kasi sa PRO the media can always get information here. The spot or progress reports can be accessed maliban na nga lang dun sa mga sensitive na case, hindi talaga namin basta-basta nilalabas kaagad yan," PRO 11 spokesperson Chief Inspector Jed Clamor said.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 Chief of Staff Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, in an interview after the AFP-PNP press conference last Wednesday, said the spot and progress report is accessible as long as it was already reviewed and signed by the chief of the city or provincial police office.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima urged all the police units to let the public know of the crime status, particularly the "crime statistics" in their areas of responsibility.

Purisima, in media briefing held in Camp Crame in Quezon City last week, said police units are mandated to adhere to the PNP's policy of transparency by making crime statistics available to the public.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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