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(Since the Martial Law declaration:) PNP-9 reports drop in crimes

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Crime incidents specifically gun-related cases in Zamboanga Peninsula declined since the declaration of the Mindanao-wide Martial law last May 23 up to present, according to Regional Police Director PCSupt. Billy Beltran.

In his report during the second quarter meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-9 Thursday afternoon, Beltran said based on his daily monitoring of crime index, all types of incidents particularly shooting, markedly went down.

And even without the imposition of curfew in most provinces and cities in the region, the Police Regional Director said most people shun the streets and evade night time activities since martial law declared.

“As Regional Director and somebody na nakatingin on the crime statistics on a daily basis, I can say that at least for the days na tumakbo ang martial law until today, malaki po ang ibinaba ng krimen,” Beltran, who is the RPOC-9 vice chair revealed.

Nonetheless, he said the Sirawai incident, which is an isolated case, is an exemption but stressed that the police and military authorities are exerting their best efforts to run after the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, in his report to the Council, Beltran said total crime volume in the region covering the period January to May 2017 reached a total of 7,238 of which, 2,218 are index crimes (crime vs persons and crime vs properties) while 5,020 are non-index crimes (violation of law, traffic incidents and minor offenses).

The second quarter RPOC meeting, held at Astoria Hotel, discussed updates on the ant-insurgency campaign, the peace and order situation and the anti-illegal drugs situation in Zamboanga Peninsula. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)




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