Senate to grill PNP on rise in crimes

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A LAWMAKER on Friday has called for a senate investigation to look into the continuous increase and brutality of reported crimes in the country despite the claims of the Malacañang that the crime situation is under control.

Opposition Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, in filing Senate resolution 883, wants to know how the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by Alan Purisima is addressing the crime surge in the country.

The senator cited the data of the PNP showing huge number of crime incidents reported over the last one and a half years.

Based on the data of the a total of 1.2-million cases were recorded in 2013 and for the first half of 2014 there are already 603,086 cases that have been reported.


The lawmaker also emphasized that the figures represent the number of criminal cases that were reported to the police and there could be more since there are some incidents, like kidnapping, that are not reported.

“It is disturbing to hear the audacity and frequency of criminal activities on the news. We are talking here not just of numbers of cases but of the volume of people affected by criminal activities. The peace and order situation is not improving contrary to the President’s SONA. We cannot risk the safety of the public,” Ejercito said.

Ejerctio, who chairs the senate Economic Affairs Committee, also cited the poor ranking of the Philippines in the Global Peace Index, wherein the country ranked 134th out of 162 countries.

The Philippines dropped five notches from its ranking in 2013 making the country the second lowest in Southeast Asia and the third to the lowest in the Asia-Pacific Region.

“I am worried because this will definitely affect the country’s economic gains and business climate,” he added.

Ejercito recently called the attention of the PNP leadership to address the increasing number of kidnapping incidents that alarmed the Filipino-Chinese community in the Metro Manila.

According to the senator Filipino-Chinese community, particularly parents of children enrolled in Chinese schools, has become anxious due to the latest kidnapping incidents.

Ejercito also mentioned the recent brutal crimes such as the rape-slay of Anria Espiritu, ambush of a barangay chairman in Manila and a police officer in Quezon City, murder of Benito Chao in Caloocan City, and the gun-poking incident of men in broad daylight along EDSA.

He said the incidents are clear evidence that the peace and order situation in the country is breaking down.

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