QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.
Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.
PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.
“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.
(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)
Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.
“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.
(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)
Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.
Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. –Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
QC’s most wanted criminal arrested
Quezon City Police District Station 10 has finally arrested the most wanted person on their list of suspected criminals.
Police nabbed 54-year-old Edgardo Pandaan, alias Sonny, on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 p.m. while he was loitering along Scout de Guia in Quezon City.
Pandaan is accused of molesting his 4-year-old granddaughter.
After the victim’s parents reported the incident to the police, Pandaan quickly fled the area.
Authorities later found out that he went into hiding in Davao for one year.
Pandaan strongly denied the accusations against him.
“Hindi ko ginagawa yan. Dahil kung ginagawa ko yan, bakit hindi nila inaano yung medico legal ng bata para maano natin? Mahirap po kasi ang ganun (I did not do it. If I did, where is the child’s medical report so that we can verify. It’s not fair),” he said.
QCPD Station 10 Special Operation Unit chief, Police Inspector Ceferino Gatchalian, said the suspect’s hideout was immediately reported to them by local officials.
“Sa tulong ng mga barangay officials namin sa Barangay Sacred Heart, nag-feed sa amin na ito si a.k.a Sonny o Edgardo, ay nasa kanilang lugar (Barangay officials of Barangay Sacred Heart tipped us that Sonny, alias Edgardo, was in their area),” he said.
Pandaan is facing rape charges and will remain held at Kamuning Police Station without bail. — Reynante Ponte
LGU warns of landslides in Brgy. Commonwealth, asks residents to relocate
Residents insist on staying while they stand on the edge a newly eroded section of their neighborhood.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Lower Bayanihan Street in Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City has been declared landslide prone.
The local government of Quezon City said soil erosion has been common in the area which increases the risk of a landslide and endangering the lives of hundreds of residents.
Local officials admit they have warned the residents many times especially ahead of the rainy season but the residents seem unconvinced and no one wants to leave despite the danger.
“Paulit ulit na nating sinasabi sa ating mga kapitbahay na pagka nandyan na iyong instruction para mag evacuate dahil may napipintong peligro, sana makinig naman ang ating mga kapitbahay at lumikas na,” said City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.
Some residents said they understand fully the concern of the local government as they too have sleepless nights, especially during a heavy downpour. However, they say they have no choice as they earn their living in the area.
“Kung lilipat pa po kami sa malayo, paano po ang hanapbuhay ng mga asawa naming? Nandito po (ang trabaho nila). Ang hirap po ng kalagayan namin kung i-relocate pa kami sa malayo,” said Jonalyn Ramos who has been living in the area for 20 years already together with her family.
The local government also admits they have not planned yet for the relocation of residents in Lower Bayanihan citing the long process of a request for relocation from the National Housing Authority (NHA).
“Ang tanging challenge na lang siguro ay ang pakikipagugnayan ng pamahalaang lokal sa National Housing Authority upang mabigyan sila ng tinatawag nating housing units na paglilipatan. Iyon ang ma-trabahong portion ng disaster resiliency ang pag-relocate ng residenteng nasa danger zone”
In August 2012, nine lives were lost to a landslide at Lower Bayanihan Street also following non-stop rains.
The QC government is also monitoring the situation in Barangay Payatas which is also a landslide-prone area. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo
PNP to arrest profiteers, hoarders amid price freeze
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Police authorities vow to help in the strict implementation of the price freeze on basic commodities amid the massive flooding brought about by the inclement weather in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said he had already ordered personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to coordinate with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in enforcing the automatic price control particularly in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and other areas affected by the calamity.
The PNP Chief also ordered the arrest of profiteers and hoarders taking advantage of the situation.
“This is to prevent profiteering, hoarding and illegal acts of price manipulation,” said Albayalde.
Albayalde noted that upon the declaration of a state of calamity, sixty-day price freeze on basic and essential goods is automatically enforced citing Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of 1992.
Basic commodities include:
- fresh, dried and canned fish and other marine products
- fresh pork, beef, and poultry meat
- fresh eggs
- fresh and processed milk
- fresh vegetables
- root crops
- cooking oil
- laundry soap
- and drugs classified as essential by the Department of Health (Price Act of 1992)
Among the areas placed under a state of calamity as of Sunday (August 12) were Marikina, Olongapo, Balanga; some municipalities in Bataan, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac; and the entire province of Cavite. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo