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Barangay UP Campus ranks 20th in terms of crime

BARANGAY University of the Philippines (UP) Campus ranks 20th among the barangays in Quezon City in terms of crime incidence in 2020, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, police said there were 250 drug-related cases, 106 theft, 72 robbery, 36 physical injury, 21 rape, 14 murder, 23 carnapping and two complex crime cases of robbery with homicide in Barangay UP Campus.

Barangay UP Campus is situated inside the sprawling 493-hectare UP Diliman (UPD) campus along with portions of six other barangays

Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana, PNP spokesperson, said the index crime trend in the barangay dropped significantly in 2020, presumably because of the community quarantine.

Non-index crimes such as illegal gambling, malicious mischief, violence against women and children, direct assault forcible abduction, homicide, acts of lasciviousness, estafa, child abuse, public health violations and obstruction of justice were unchanged.

A census conducted in 2012 showed that at least 15,500 households, with an average of 4.5 members, lived in self-built units that were constructed without permit from the UPD administration.

The UPD security system consists of 42 officers and nine administrative staff of the UPD Police with 240 security guards, and security service brigade (SSB) personnel.

They are in charge of ensuring the security of 1,500 full-time faculty members, 1,700 regular administrative and technical support personnel, and more than 27,000 students.

“They are facts. The explanation may not be far different from other areas. That crimes happen anywhere especially when left unchecked and undeterred and when security measures may not be so strictly carried out. Barangay UP Campus is no exception,” said Usana.

He said the UP community “needs to open their minds” to the realities around them and think about their safety and security.

“Cooperation with police authorities is not a political issue but about maintenance of law and order to protect inhabitants of the campus, especially the youth, from crime and lawlessness,” he said.

“Sana maging objective lang po ang UP. The police and the university need to co-exist against common enemies. Protection of the people, especially the students, is paramount to assure their parents they are being taken care of by authorities against unscrupulous individuals bent on destroying their precious life,” he added.

The PNP issued the statement in defense of the unilateral abrogation of an agreement between the UP and the Department of National Defense effective January 15.

The agreement had required state forces to give the UP administration prior notice before conducting any operations within UP campuses. (SunStar Philippines)


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