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Under Marcos’ administration, the DILG is actively combating crime.

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced on Wednesday that the government was dedicated to conducting a stepped-up anti-criminality campaign and upholding peace and order throughout the nation.

Following the most recent Pulse Asia Survey results, which revealed good ratings for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., particularly in combating criminality and law enforcement, DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. made the statement.

According to him, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has achieved tremendous progress against crime and preserving peace and order, as seen by the 67 percent rating for combating criminality and the 62 percent rating for law enforcement.

“Napakapansin at napapahalagahan ang aming mga ginagawa sa DILG at sa PNP, po kami natutuwa kami. We are pleased that the efforts of the DILG and the PNP are being noticed and valued. Makaasa kayo na mais lalo pa naming paiigtingin ang pagtugis sa kriminalidad at pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaayusan sa buong bansa. You may be sure that we will keep up the fight against crime and preserve law and order across the nation),” he said.

1,200 people nationally participated in the Pulse Asia poll, held from September 17 to September 21, 2022. It had a 95 percent confidence level and a 2.8 percent error margin.

As both sectors fall under the authority of the PNP, Abalos praised Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., the PNP’s chief, and the police force for their outstanding contribution to the President’s excellent grade.

The PNP’s most recent success in its anti-drug campaign is the recovery of almost a ton of shabu, valued at PHP6.7 billion, during an operation in Manila on October 8.

Then, the police discovered the possessions of a police officer named M/Sgt. Rodolfo Mayo Jr. of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Group and “incriminating documents” may have implicated him in the operation of the drug house.

Authorities started a follow-up investigation, resulting in the capture of Mayo, who was allegedly found in possession of two kilograms of suspected shabu valued at P13.6 million.

In addition, Abalos praised the PNP for acting quickly to prevent the Oct. 9 attempt by three people in police custody to flee from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, who briefly held former senator Leila de Lima hostage.

The PNP awarded Colonel Mark Pespes, Director of the Headquarters Support Service (HSS), the Medalya ng Kadakilaan for his valor in stopping the hostage-taker.

Along with Pat. Lorenze Ian Matias, Chief Master Sergeant Jimmy Ferrez, and Corporal Rizza Pagaduan, three PNP-elite HSS’s Special Action Force members—Captain Michael Gobway, MSgt. Denver Lou Ngo-oc and Cpl. Marvin Banigon—also received the medal.

smaller crime

According to Abalos, the index crime volume declined from 10,701 from July to October 8, 2021, to 9,961 during the same time this year. This is according to the most recent crime status data from the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.

This, according to him, includes the focus crimes, which fell by 7.03 percent or from 10,640 in 2021 to 9,892 in 2022, with murder falling by 4.81 percent, homicide falling by 15.26 percent, bodily injury falling by 16.47 percent, rape falling by 31.14 percent, and carnapping of vehicles falling by 40.95 percent.

Abalos also found a decrease in non-index crimes nationwide, from 50,740 in 2021 to 48,769 in 2022.

Infractions of specific laws like reckless imprudence leading to homicide, reckless imprudence leading to physical injury, and reckless imprudence leading to property damage are considered non-index crimes.

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