Malacanang assures that crime rate has gone down

March 30, 2012 10:51 pm 

MANILA, March 30 — Malacanang assured the people that President Benigno S. Aquino III still has full trust and confidence in the present leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) amid recent reports of crime incidents as he cited the substantial decrease in criminality rate in the country.

Speaking before the members of media during a regular press briefing in Malacanang Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the President maintains full trust and confidence in PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome and the PNP leadership.

He also bared that based on records of the PNP and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the crime incidents in the country has gone down.

“In terms of having the trust and confidence of the President… yes the present leadership and Director General Bartolome has the confidence of the President,” Lacierda said.

“Objectively speaking, there is only one basis to see whether criminality has gone down… and those are the statistics, and these statistics indicated that criminality has gone down,” he noted.

Lacierda added that the high profile cases are being highlighted in news reports that create a different impact among the people.

“The factual situation is the crime rate has gone down… statistics-wise, it has gone down and the concern kasi is mga high profile (cases) naha-highlight kasi sa media, but if you go to the records of the PNP and the DILG, the statistics for the index crimes have gone down on a year-to-year basis, so that is the basis for the statement… why we keep on saying that the incidents of crime has gone down,” Lacierda noted. (PNA)

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