DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte said Friday that the city administration had reduced the number of rape cases here, amid reports reported by her own father, that Davao reported the largest number of assaults in urban centers across the country.
"This fact is included in the Davao City Peace and Order Council in 2017, where it was discovered that many of these cases were incestuous rape or rape by someone who had a close relationship with the victim," said Mayor Duterte in a statement.
She said that the city's social services and development agency, charged with conducting research and executing programs to counter the increasing number of incest cases, had initiated action in communities.
One of the measures, which mayor Duterte said was most effective, was an educational campaign "where children are taught about sexuality and sexual abuse, even when a family member's contact is no longer appropriate and acceptable."
A report from the research and investigation management department of the Philippine national police released last week named Davao City as No. 1 in the number of rapes registered from April to June this year in major cities across the country.
Davao City reported the largest number of rape cases with 42 during the period.
It was followed by Quezon City with 41, Manila with 32, Cagayan de Oro with 24 and Zamboanga City with 21.
Look beyond jokes
Mayor Duterte also urged the public to look beyond the last rape of President Duterte and his critics assume to see how her administration had dealt with the rape cases of the city.
Proponents of the rights of women and critics of the government again turned to the president when Mr. Duterte joked at a speech in Mandaue City that the number of cases of rape was high in his hometown, because there were many beautiful women there.
Burgomaster Duterte, the president's daughter, said the city government is making efforts to reduce the number of incidents in Davao since January this year to 95, 20 percent less than the 120 cases reported in the same period in 2017. FRINSTON LIM
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