By Aaron Recuenco
Murder cases around the country went down by almost eight percent for the first eight months of 2017 compared to the same period last year amidst intense criticisms against the government’s anti-drugs war which has so far claimed the lives of thousands of people.
Director Augusto Marquez, head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), said that from a total of 6,945 cases from January to August last year, this year’s data is at 6,391 cases.
“Murder incidents nationwide went down due to the PNP’s intensified campaigns and focused actions against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs,” said Marquez in a statement.
The figure is separate from cases of homicide which are also being classified separately by the PNP.
The PNP was criticized for stating that there is no case of extra-judicial killing in the country – an argument insisted upon by the PNP leadership quoting the strict meaning of extra-judicial killings.
Aside from murder, Marquez said they also recorded a decline in cases of theft
Based on the data, theft cases have significantly declined by 10,911 or 30.53 percent, from 35,736 to 24,825 of the same period covered last year.