Filipinos feel safer but trust police less in Metro Manila in 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos feel safer in Metro Manila for 2017, but their trust for the region's police force dropped slightly, Rappler learned.

According to the 2017 survey results by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) obtained by Rappler, 53.5% of Filipinos felt safe in Metro Manila in 2017, 11.4% higher than in 2016.

Trust in Metro Manila police, however, fell by 3.2%, from 50.7% in 2016 to 47.5% in 2017. (READ: Caloocan police most trusted Metro Manila cops in 2017 – Napolcom)

Napolcom asked 570 respondents whether they agreed with the following statements to test respondents' trust in cops:

Meanwhile, the public safety perception rating was arrived at by asking for the agreement on the following statements: 

The Napolcom's findings complemented the 2017 crime statistics of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which recorded a drop in all crimes, save for homicide.

According to the Napolcom, the distrust may have come from negative news about the PNP, and respondents personally hearing about negative stories on policemen such as conniving in illegal activities, tolerating corruption, and abusing authority.

The survey comments added that respondents have heard of cops conducting operations with civilian clothes, policemen protecting drug suspects, and lawmen who "establish networking" instead of conducting a patrol. (READ: 'Demonizing' human rights in the first year of Duterte) – 

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.