THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) for its continuous commitment to curb criminality in the country.
“Congratulations, PNP, for making our streets safer and making our people feel more secure. I urge you to continue your anti-crime initiatives with greater vigor and zeal,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said during PNP’s weekly convocation in Camp Crame on Friday, June 14.
Año made the statement following the 10 percent drop in total crime volume for the month of May.
Based on the record of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), the total crime volume in May 2019 was 38,284 as compared to 42,527 for the same period last year.
Data from the PNP also show a 22.6 percent drop in index crimes to 5,744 in May 2019 from 7,421 in May 2018. Index crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping of MV, carnapping MC, and cattle rustling.
It also showed that non-index crimes dropped by 7.31 percent to 32,540 in May 2019 from 35,106 in May 2018. Non-index crimes includes cases of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, reckless imprudence resulting to physical injury, reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property and violation of special laws.
Año also commended the PNP for its continuous efforts to weed out erring cops from their ranks.
He said the strengthened campaign against the bad eggs in the PNP restored public trust in government.
“I would like to commend the PNP for its internal cleansing program aimed to rid its ranks from misfits and scalawags. Napakalaki na ng naitutulong ng PNP sa hangarin nating maibalik muli ang tiwala at pagmamahal ng mga tao sa pamahalaan,” said Año.
Meanwhile, asked to rate the PNP's performance in the past year ahead of the President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address, PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said the government is "beyond passing" particularly in terms of campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
He said the President's high satisfactory rating is an indication that the government is performing well in preforming its duties for the nation.
A survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in April showed that 79 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with Duterte's performance. This was a five percentage point increase from his 74 percent rating in December 2018. (SunStar Philippines)