Spokesman Senior Supt of the Philippine National Police. Benigno Durana has claimed the mistake of labeling Naga City, the birthplace of the figurehead of the opposition and Vice President Leni Robredo, as the fifth largest crime-prone city in the country.
Last week, PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said in a press conference last week to clarify some of the observed incorrect citations in news reports that Naga City was "consistent" with the fourth highest crime rate and the fifth highest number of index crimes for 2017 and 2018.
After the documents cited by Albayalde were released to the media, it quickly became clear that the PNP chief had taken the region number for the ranking. The list of 36 highly urbanized and independent suburbs was arranged by region.
Naga City is located in Bicol, region 5.
This was why when Albayalde was asked to name the five cities with the highest crime rates, he had listed them successively by Region-Region 2, Santiago City, Isabela; Region 3 Angeles City in Pampanga and Olongapo City in Zambales; Region 4-B & # 39; s Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; and Naga City of Region 5.
It was Durana who gave Albayalde the document that the head of the PNP had read.
President Duterte had claimed that Naga had a "hotbed" & # 39; from & # 39; shabu & # 39; (crystal meth) wax. Because the PNP still collected the drug data for the cities, Albayalde tried to support the president's claim through crime data.
"If the assumption is that crime and drugs are related, we can rightly draw our own conclusion," said the head of the PNP.
In messages on its official Twitter account, Robredo, one of the many officials who had already denied the "shabu hotbed" tag on Naga – the PNP's mistake "completely unacceptable".
"Save our people and our beloved city from misinformation," Robredo said.
On Friday, Durana apologized for the confusion of Albayalde.
"My sincere apology [for] this inattention and what kind of inconvenience it caused in which I, as [PNP’s] acting chef [public information officer], [am] only responsible, "he said.
However, he said that Naga City published the highest average monthly crime rate in 36 cities from January to July 2018, followed by Mandaue City, Iloilo City, Santiago City and Cebu City.
The monthly crime rate of Naga City for the first half of the year was 202.80. Crime refers to the number of crime victims per 100,000 people in a particular place.
"It will validate [the President’s statement] more so because the crime rate is a more accurate assessment of a crime situation in a particular place, "Durana said.
Durana also insisted that if Metro Manila cities were not on the list, Naga City would take sixth place in the total number of crimes in the first half of the year and second in the volume of index crime.
However, if cities in Metro Manila were in the rankings, Naga, with a crime volume of 2,879, would only achieve the 16th place of the 36 cities. The top three cities with the highest crime volume were Quezon City with 22,019 followed by Manila with 12,424 and Cebu City with 6,324.
Naga comes directly after the birthplace of the president, Davao City, who finished in 15th place with a total crime volume of 3,071.
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