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Malacañang appealed to the public to rally behind the administration and ignore the noisy minority that politicizes issues to discredit the government.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the appeal in a press briefing on Thursday in Malacañang amid statements hurled by critics of the Aquino Administration that it ignored earlier warnings on terror attacks.

“Remember and review the past and stop politicizing the issue here,” Lacierda said.

He added that the best way to answer the “noisy minority” is through statistics that show a general decrease on the crime statistics.

Lacierda noted that in terms of the crime volume, in 2009, there were 502,665 recorded cases compared to 2010, when the number of cases were down to 296,059, or a decrease by 41.1%.

On index crimes, in 2009, there were 301,703 cases compared to 2010 statistics that showed the number of cases were down to 187,190, or by 37.96%.

For kidnap for ransom, in 2009, there were 57 cases while in 2010, there were 41, or down by 28.07%. On murder cases, in 2009, there were 9,348 while in 2010, 8,759, or down by 6.3%.

Carnapping incidents went down by 37% in 2010.

Lacierda stressed that the government did not ignore the warning although the information was raw.

“The government took certain measures to make sure these attacks will not happen,“ he said.

Lacierda said that immediately after travel advisories were issued on Nov. 3, 2010, target hardening measures were in place - the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines were on heightened alert while the National Capital Region Police Office has increased police visibility and deployed police in malls, hotels and commercial establishment, and additional foot patrols and K-9 units have also been deployed in LRT and MRT lines.

In view of the recent bus bombing incident at the Edsa-Buendia on Tuesday, Lacierda said the PNP will put marshals in public transport to ensure public safety. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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