METRO Manila police commanders were given three months to cut by half the number of street crimes in five crime-prone areas or they will be relieved.
Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo Jr., the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, issued the warning to all district directors.
“Initially the commitment of our chief PNP is to reduce the crime by 50 percent by 2015, but in NCRPO, we gave our chiefs of police three months,” Garbo told reporters Wednesday.
He said that after three months, the performance of all district commanders will be evaluated.
Garbo said he himself will resign if street crimes are not be reduced within three months.
The five crime-prone areas are Monumento in Caloocan City, Baclaran in Pasay City, University Belt in Manila, Kalentong, Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City and EDSA corner E. Rodriguez Ave., Aurora Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City.
He said the crime rate is high in these areas because they are crowded places.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO