MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) on Friday, July 15, said 20 drug pushers have been killed in shootouts with police during anti-drug operations conducted in the first week of July.
MPD director Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel said that 20 "high value" drug pushers were killed in armed encounters with police operatives in the city from July 1 to 10.
A total of 3,160 drug users and 595 drug pushers have also surrendered during the same period, Coronel added.
The MPD director also said that the crime rate in the city has been declining over the last 6 months.
A total of 2,316 index crimes were recorded from January 1 to June 30, 2016. Index crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and motorcycle theft.
Most of the cases involved theft (39%), followed by physical injury (24%) and robbery (20%).
Of the 2,316 cases, the MPD solved 1,287 cases, while 1,029 are still under investigation.
For the first half of the year, the MPD registered a crime solution efficiency of 57.9%. From 2014 to 2015, the crime solution efficiency of the MPD averaged only 38.05%, while the figure was at 24.55% in 2013 to 2014.
“So as you can see, the MPD is proud to announce and inform everyone that the crime rate has declined beginning second semester last year and starting first semester until June this year, and we intend to keep it this way,” Coronel told members of the City Peace and Order Council during a briefing at city hall.
Meanwhile, the MPD has confiscated 202 firearms in its campaign against loose firearms in the last 6 months.
Estrada said the declining crime rate was a result of the city government's full support to the police force.
“Their morale is high, they have everything they need – equipment, supplies, and even allowances. We can now say that it’s safer to live here in Manila,” Estrada said.
Estrada allocated P1.9 billion for the city's crime prevention program, which includes the procurement of 41 new mobile patrol cars and 110 electric personal transporters. A total of P136 million has been allotted for the back allowances of MPD members. – Rappler.com