THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay castigated the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for its alleged failure to address the problem of criminality.
“The DILG budget has increased by 30.2 percent under the current administration. The budget of the Office of the DILG Secretary has soared from P2.8 billion in 2010 to P16 billion in 2015. Unfortunately, this whopping increase of 471 percent in the budget of the Office of the DILG Secretary has not steadily reduced the crime rate,” Joey Salgado, media affairs head for the Office of the Vice President (OVP), said.
He said Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas gave priority to projects that are not in its core mandate, such as building houses and road construction.
“Walang teknikal na kaalaman sa pagpapatayo ng pabahay, mga daan, at patubig pero ang DILG ay may Informal Settlers Families Shelter Program, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program, at Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG) Program. At mas ito ang binigyang oras ni Secretary Mar Roxas (It has no technical know how on building houses, road construction and irrigation and yet DILG has Informal Settlers Families Shelter Program, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program, at Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG) Program),” he said.
On Tuesday, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed concern over the increasing crime rate.
“Who would not be concerned about the rising crimes? A crime is an offense versus human dignity. So we should always be concerned about it,” he said.
Data from the Philippine National Police showed 885,445 crimes were reported from January to June, higher than the 603,085 incidents during the same period last year.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) estimates that from January to June this year, there were 76 killings a day.
“Three journalists were murdered in August. A judge in Baler was likewise shot dead last month. Eleven cases of extrajudicial killings were recorded too in the same month. But these are incidents that make it to the news. There are a lot more committed everyday that are not reported in media,” he said.
Salgado said under a Binay presidency, departments and agencies will stick to their core mandates and expertise.
“Bawat departamento ay may kanya-kanyang mandato. Malinaw naman ang mandato ng DILG na pangalagaan ang kapayapaan at kaayusan at tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng publiko,” he said.