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Police cites martial law in Mindanao crime rate decline

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PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said the crime rate decline in Mindanao can be attributed to the imposition of martial law. “Based on our statistics on 2017, the average monthly crime rate in Mindanao was 8.79. Now from Jan. to Sept. alone in 2018, it went down to 5.92. So we can attribute that basically to the imposition of martial law,” said Mr. Albayalde in a press briefing on Monday, Nov. 5. Martial law was declared across the southern islands following the May 23 siege in Marawi City, and has been extended up to end-2018. PNP data provided to BusinessWorld show Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) had the highest average monthly index crime rate of 9.21, though a decrease from last year’s 10.95. It was followed by Region 11 (Davao) with 6.41 and Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) with 6.08. Last year, Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) had the highest average monthly index crime rate at 11.78, but it only posted this year a rate of 5.71. The total average monthly index crime rate pertains to the number of crime against people and properties. Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año has expressed support on the possible extension of martial law in Mindanao. “Based on the feedback of the people in Mindanao, I would opt for another extension of martial law in Mindanao,” Mr. Año told reporters on the sidelines of the Seal of Good Local Governance Awards at the Manila Hotel Tent City on Nov. 6. Last week, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is waiting for the recommendation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP before deciding. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras





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