THE Philippine National Police (PNP) seems to be well on its way to further bringing down the number of crimes committed during the so-called “ber” months in the country.
In fact, the perception that there will always be a high crime rate from September to December is now a “myth,” according to the PNP-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
Citing data from 2016 to 2018, NCRPO director M/Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said “higher crime incidents during the ‘ber’ months is now a myth in Metropolitan Manila.”
Eleazar said the PNP’s premier regional office recorded an average of 1,077 crime incidents from September to December versus an average of 1,149 crimes during the non-ber months.
In 2016, 1,725 crimes, including murder, homicide, rape, robbery and theft, were recorded from January to August compared to the 1,535 crimes registered during the “ber” months.
In 2017, the NCRPO listed 1,414 and 1,339 crimes during the non-”ber” months and “ber” months, respectively. From January to August 2018, there were 1,149 index crimes compared to the 1,077 crimes during the last four months of the year.
Given the determination of the PNP leadership, headed by Director-General Oscar Albayalde, to hit hard at criminals, people expect the government to win the war against criminality.
Note that the multi-pronged anti-criminality drive, like the war against illegal drugs and corruption in state offices and agencies, remains a priority of the Duterte administration.
Not only in the metropolis but throughout this Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people.