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SWS survey reveals lower crime rate in the country

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Lesser crimes according to SWS Survey

Lesser crimes according to SWS Survey

MANILA, Philippines — Sarah Jaberina, an employee, believes that the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) intensified police operations in Metro Manila has contributed greatly in lowering crime rate in Metro Manila.

In 2016, her laptop was snatched on her way to work which left her traumatized.

“After I filed a report at the barangay, they immediately took action. And there are policemen roving in the area. I somehow feel secured,” Jaberina said.

Based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the percentage of those who were victimized by property crimes such as robbery, burglar, and car napping has declined to 3.1%.

Families with members who experienced common crimes such as physical violence decreased to 3.7%.

Compared to the figures in March 2017, families saying they fear unsafe streets in Metro Manila are lesser.

However, fear for safety in other areas of the country increased.

With regard to the number of drug addicts in National Capital Region, the rate declined to 11 points.

The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents nationwide from June 23 to 26.

Malacañang said crimes such as robberies and physical violence become lesser because of the government’s campaign against crimes and illegal drugs.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said though this is a positive result, the government has to do more to make the streets and communities all throughout the country permanently safe. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte regains excellent trust rating – SWS survey

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte regains excellent trust rating of the public based on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey taken during the last quarter of 2017.

From 60 percent “very high” trust rating in September 2017, it increased to “excellent” at 75 percent which is the same as the result in June 2017.

The chief executive’s trust ratings have been consistently excellent since he assumed office except for the results in September 2017 which was “very high”.

The President got the highest scores in Mindanao, Visayas, and Metro Manila while “very good” in Luzon.

Despite the good news on the excellent trust rating of the public to the chief executive, the Duterte administration is not satisfied.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government will continue to improve its work to make the lives of the Filipinos better.

“We leave no room for complacency. We, therefore, assure that everyone, that the chief executive together with his team will remain undistracted in improving the lives of the poor and marginalized, fighting criminality and enforcing the law and curbing graft and corruption in government,” said Roque.

The government also attributes the excellent trust rating of the public to President Duterte on the realization of his campaign promises.

“So all this indicate that the economy is growing as his promise. He has promoted the rule of law against the threat of terrorism. And of course, he is winning the war against drugs,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered his ground commanders to resume this month the police anti-drug operation or Oplan Tokhang.

“Siniguro namin at patuloy na sisiguruhin na yung totoong tokhang ang gagawin hindi yung pasukin ng kalokohan ng mga pulis na nag i-implement nyan. As I’ve said dati, may listahan at kinokotongan yung pusher na nasa listahan: ‘Para matanggal ka sa listahan ay bigyan mo kami pera’,” said the chief.

(Translation: We will make sure that it will be a real tokhang and not a corrupted one being implemented by erring policemen.  As I’ve said before, they have a list of pushers whom they extort money from saying, “To be taken off the list, give us money.”)

General Bato advised them to be more careful and assure bloodless operations this time around.

The PNP chief added that there is no room for irregularities this time especially among police officers one or po1 who have just been given a 100% salary increase.

He expects that these policemen will render good service.

“Kahit ang basehan natin yung lumang sweldo pa, wala pa rin rason para gumawa ng katiwalian, mas lalo ngayon na tumaas ang sweldo, doble ang sweldo (Even when we were still receiving the old salary, there was no reason to engage in corrupt practices. More so now that the salaries have been doubled) ,” said Dela Rosa.

Aside from the pay hike, Bato added that they also received allowances and logistical support from local government units.

He cited the Valenzuela LGU which donated 60 new mobile patrol units and K-9s that they can utilize in police operations.

Bato further warned of possible dismissal against cops who will get involved in illegal activities.

“That is my promise. I will dismiss policemen especially the PO1s who will be involved in illegal activities,” said the chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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NCRPO vows to level up efforts against illegal drugs this year

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The number of illegal drug users ballooned during the period when the Philippine National Police (PNP) was not part of the war on drugs campaign of the government.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director Oscar Albayalde said illegal users had more courage to return to their vice within the two months the PNP has no anti-drug operations.

“Maraming barangay officials na nagsabi na harap-harapan pa sa kanila nagtatarya sila at tapos sasabihin nila, hindi naman kami pwedeng hulihin ng pulis ngayon,” said Albayalde.

(Many barangay officials say illegal drug would conduct a pot session in front of them saying they could not be arrested by policemen.)

Now that the PNP is back to the war on drugs scene, Albayalde vowed to intensify the NCRPO’s anti-illegal drug campaign this year.

According to the general, the Oplan Tokhang and the Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP are effective in resolving the problem in illegal drug use and trading.

“Those millions of people would not have surrendered, and those thousands more would not have been arrested if this campaign is not effective,” said the NCRPO chief.

Proof of this, said the chief of the Metro Manila police, is the lower number of crimes related to illicit drugs in 2017.

He said that illegal drug-related crimes were lower by 18 percent in 2017 compared to the recorded number in 2016.

“The continuous decrease of these eight focused crimes is attributed to the NCRPO’s intensified implementation of Project Double Barrel Alpha, Project Double Barrel Reloaded and the intensified implementation of our enhanced managing police operations,” said the police chief.

Albayalde said the NCRPO will conduct more anti-drug operations this year.

He noted that the police will visit individuals, whose names are on the drug watch list, and will ask them to stop their illegal activity.

The NCRPO chief clarified that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will still focus on high-value targets, while the PNP will go after drug suspects in communities.

The NCRPO has yet to set a date on when its campaign against illegal drugs will begin. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue


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