Palace elated by 31% reduction in crime index

Malacanang on Wednesday expressed elation over the 31 percent reduction in the crime index from July to November this year.

"I think we should be happy for the fact that crime rate went down," Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing.

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) data, index crime slipped to 55,391 cases in the first five months of President Rodrigo Duterte, down from 81,064 cases in the same period last year.

"It seems by all indications that those crime rate that went down were actually drug related cases," Abella said.

The same data showed that crimes against property registered significant decrease of 42.48 percent from 52,075 crimes in July to November 2015 to 29,953 in the same period this year.

Overall, the crime volume from the PNP blotter went down by 12.44 percent from 279,378 to 244,637.

Although the crimes against person like homicide went down by 1.59 percent, physical injury by 25.69 percent and rape by 11.65 percent, the murder cases went up by 51.14 percent or from 3,950 in 2015 to 5,970 this year.

"We're not happy about deaths at all. As the President said, the death of any Filipino is not anything to be celebrated," Abella said.

"However, it's very heartening and very encouraging to realize that, to be able to identify the fact that much of the crime is actually drug related," he added.

Under the government's strong campaign against illegal drugs, the PNP recorded over 6,000 deaths but only more than 2,000 were the results of police operations against drug pushers and ushers.

The war on drugs launched by President Duterte barely six months ago has resulted in the arrest of over 40,932 drug personalities and prompted 908,244 drug dependents to surrender to the authorities.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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