Crime down in Metro Manila

January 02, 2019
Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

CRIMES over the past 30 months of the Duterte administration have drastically gone down in Metro Manila which also recorded a very peaceful New Year festivities on Tuesday, National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.

The official said that index crime volume in the National Capital Region from July 2016 to December 2018 went down by 54 percent compared to the period January 2014 to June 2016 under the previous Aquino presidency.

On the same manner, Eleazar said they also recorded a 21 percent reduction in crime in the metropolis in 2018 compared to the figures in 2017. He gave large credit to more reports and information on people and incidents every day making their investigative work much easier.

In his 2018 Yuletide Report, the 2-star police general also thanked former Philippine National Police chief, retired General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa and his successor, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde  for ensuring major reforms in the police force and in particular, for veering away from the tradition of sealing the guns of the police force before Christmas.

“About three years ago, our former Chief PNP, PDG Ronald “Bato” De La Rosa rocked the entire organization. In a dramatic fashion, he challenged the entire police force to be trustworthy, by doing away with the traditional sealing of guns of the policemen during the Yuletide season. He further challenged all policemen to refrain from indiscriminate firing of their guns, as was the practice of several irresponsible cops the years before. The police force accepted Director General De La Rosa’s challenge of trust and responded quite positively,” he said.

He added that in the past two years that Gen. Albayalde managed Team NRCPO, not a single case of indiscriminate firing by any policeman has been recorded. I am proud to say that this year, the tradition continues. None of our policemen in Team NCRPO have fired their guns indiscriminately, whimsically or capriciously,” he stated.

According to Eleazar, there were 3 isolated cases of policemen firing their guns during the recent Christmas season -- two incidents in Caloocan and one in Taguig, but these shooting incidents days before New Year’s eve were criminal in nature and not gestures or displays of revelry or celebrating the Season. “They were immediately investigated and all three policemen have been administratively and criminally charged,” he said.

NCRPO records showed that Police Officer 1 Danilo Tiempo of the Navotas police was arrested in Caloocan City around  11:05 p.m. last December 24 while PO1 Agustin Cedillo, a member of the Makati City police force was  apprehended  in Taguig City at 1:40 a.m. last December 26. The 3rd identified as PO3 Cesar Tolentino of the Basilan Police Provincial Office was arrested in Caloocan City at 8:17 p.m. last December 20. All 3 are now facing appropriate criminal and administrative charges.

Eleazar said a case of indiscriminate firing by a civilian was also reported to the Navotas City Police Station by a concerned citizen hours before the year ended. “Within a few minutes, the said person was arrested and charged by our alert and vigilant policemen. No one was hurt. Congratulations to our arresting officers!,” he said.

The Metro Manila police director was also happy to note that there was no stray bullet incident recorded in the metropolis this past season. “No one in Metro Manila has been injured or killed by stray bullets,” he said.

“As the year 2019 rang the other night to unfurl a new year ahead, Team NCRPO’s full force made its presence felt and made Metro Manila a safer and more enjoyable place to celebrate the coming year. I was out checking the presence of our policemen in key areas and I felt good and proud seeing our men and women in their posts,” he said.

“I saw families come out to spend their new year in and near entertainment areas, young men and women were partying on the streets in front of their homes, children ran free and happy in parks, and couples strolled hand in hand with nary a care in the world. Team NCRPO successfully saturated the New Year’s traditional “hot spots” to seal off unwanted elements,” he added.

Eleazar said that to assist the revelers, Team NCRPO also coordinated closely with the hardworking emergency service professionals, public transport staff, barangay personnel and other stakeholders involved in upholding the safety of the celebrators.

“I would like to thank all our men and women in Team NCRPO for making Yuletide 2018 a safe and Merry Christmas Season for all. Through your skills and sacrifice, we have successfully carried the torch that has been passed on to us by our superiors, former Chief PNP General De La Rosa and our current Chief PNP General Albayalde. There is much reason to also thank these two leaders of ours for the continued trust they are giving each and everyone here at Team NCRPO,” he said.

Eleazar’s vow this new year: to further attract the support of the citizenry in their fight against crime, drugs and corruption.

“I want  to extend my gratitude also to the hardworking media personalities for giving much precious space and time to the accomplishments of the PNP. In turn, the public gets to trust their policemen even more, as they see that criminals, whether rich or poor, as well as police scalawags, are now being apprehended.  Let me wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year, a Year of blessings from our  Heaven above,” Eleazar said.