The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Puerto Princesa City has noted a decline in reported crimes committed against person from January to August 2017 compared to the same period last year.
Acting city police director Police Senior Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariaga reported to the City Council during its regular session Tuesday that they recorded 91 cases of crime against person such as murder, homicide and rape, since the start of the year until the month of August 2017.
In 2016 he said they recorded 145 cases of crime against person for the same period.
Cariaga admitted that the figure he presented indicated a slight “but not significant” decline.
Cariaga noted an increase in crimes committed against property such as carnapping and theft, which increased in 2017 with a total record of 131 cases from the months of January to August 2017. In 2016, the PNP recorded 111 cases of such crime on the same period.
On theft cases alone, the PNP said there was an increase on the number of incidents, with 68 cases in 2017 compared with 65 cases last year.
Cariaga they are not yet able to determine whether the statistics indicated a drop or increase in the crime index in Puerto Princesa City but assured the members of the city council that they are doing their best to maintain the peace and order within the city.
“Meron talagang sitwasyon na talagang tumaas at bumaba. Sa tanong kung normal lang ba ang ganitong sitwasyon, mahirap sagutin yan pero ang importante po sa level namin ay napapanatili naming tahimik ang lungsod,” said Cariaga.
He also clarified the issue on the alleged rise in drug problems. He said that the many apprehensions does not mean that the City PNP is lax but otherwise indicate that they are actively running after drug users or pushers.
“Kaya dumarami ‘yung mga reported cases sa drugs ay dahil may ginagawa ang mga pulis natin,” said Cariaga.