THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) maintained that the city is safe and secure, belying Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's claims that it is "the most dangerous city in the Philippines" due to high number of crimes.
DCPO spokesperson Police Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan said Wednesday, February 14, during the AFP-PNP press forum, that crime volume in Davao City has significantly reduced from 26.22 percent with 7,576 from January to December 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 at 10,269.
In 2015, based on their record, there were 219 murder cases.
She also justified that this murder case mostly happened in a drinking spree where there is an altercation under the influence of liquor or in their respective homes where police could not automatically respond.
"It happened usually at the confines of the dwelling, in a family rejoicing, of which the police has no control of movement or action sa victim or sa suspect," she said.
The same goes with rape cases, she added, underscoring that police forces have no control in terms of rape incident, considering that this crime usually happened privately or in an isolated area where there is no presence of police personnel. Some of the suspects of the rape incidents were also the victim's direct relatives.
"Alam natin na ang rape wala naman talagang police na magwiwitness kung merong rape na nangyari. We would like to reiterate that rape is committed privately at the dwellings still or in a place na naconfine sa isa ka lugar nga wala gyud presence sa police (where there is no police presence)," she said.
In 2016, 162 murder cases and 229 rape cases were recorded. This dropped to 122 (murder) and 215 (rape) last year.
While they respect Trillanes' opinion on the matter, Gaspan said the police forces are doing their best to lower down the crime rate, which is manifested on their current data.
"At this point in time, napaka-safe ng Davao City," she said.
She attributed this to the intensified security measures and police visibility.
Also, based on the data provided, DCPO has recorded 2,617 index crimes and 7,652 non-index crimes in 2016. Both of the crimes decreased to 1,588 and 5,988, respectively, in 2017.
Trillanes' statement was based on the December 2015 statistics of the Philippine National Police where Davao City posted the highest incidence of murder and second highest in rape.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on February 15, 2018.
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