TWENTY drug pushers, tagged by Manila Police District (MPD) director Senior Supt. Joel Coronel as “high value” or major sources of illegal drugs, were killed in shootouts with the MPD within the first week of July, Mayor Joseph Estrada said as he underscored the improvement of city’s peace and order situation.
“This is the end result of our full support to the city’s police force. Their morale is high, they have everything they need – equipment, supplies, and even allowances. We can now say that it’s safer to live here in Manila,” the mayor told reporters.
From July 1 to 10, 3,160 drug users and 595 pushers have surrendered to the MPD.
Two more pushers were killed on Thursday while a police officer was arrested in separate operations against drug pushers. Killed were Melchor de la Cruz of Parola Compound and a certain Jessie Boy. Nabbed was PO3 Redentor Espinosa.
Coronel said the MPD’s crime solution efficiency from January 1 to June 30, has reached 57.9 percent.
This is a remarkable improvement considering that crime solution efficiency of the 4,150-strong police force averaged only 38.05 percent in 2014 to 2015, and 24.55 percent in 2013 to 2014.
“The MPD is proud to announce that the crime rate has declined beginning second semester last year and the first semester until June this year, and we intend to keep it this way,” Coronel said.
From January 1 to June 30 this year, a total of 2,316 crimes were recorded in the city – murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and motorcycle theft.
Of those reported cases, the MPD solved 1,287, giving the police force a crime solution efficiency of 57.9 percent.
The most prevalent crime in the last six months was theft, at 39 percent; followed by physical injury, 24 percent; and robbery, 20 percent.
“Our assessment is that the peace and order situation in Manila is generally peaceful. The mobile patrol vehicles donated by the local government are being used extensively by the MPD in our patrol operations,” Coronel said.
He also reported that in the campaign against loose firearms in the last six months, MPD operatives have confiscated 202.
“The Mayor has announced that he will continue to extend his all-out support and cooperation to the Manila Police District and with your help, the Peace and Order Council, we will be able to maintain this level or even lower the crime incidence in the city of Manila,” the MPD chief said.
Since his assumption to office in 2013, Estrada has allotted P1.9 billion for crime prevention program.