Peace and order situation ‘under control’

NATIONAL Police officials assured that the peace and order situation in the country is still under control as they downplayed reports of rising criminal incindents in past weeks.

Reports of resurgence of crimes prompted the French Embassy in Manila to issue its second travel advisory this month to warn its citizens of the alleged upsurge of criminality.

The French embassy has cited the robbery incident inside the SM Mall in Paranaque City where a gang robbed a jewelry shop.

Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartolome, National Capital Regional Police Office chief, said the robbery was isolated.

“These are isolated cases that happen in key areas, the one in Manila was solved and the suspects in the other robbery have already been identified and tracked down,” Bartolome said.

He said they have also intensified their campaign against criminality and street crimes in Metro Manila as the holiday season nears.

Bartolome said more police personnel will be deployed while mobile and foot patrols in Metro Manila streets will be more frequent.

“We are pouring in more warm bodies in the streets. We are deploying more personnel, we are moving administrative personnel to boost our visibility patrols,” Bartrolome said.

“From the month of September to October, incidents of ‘street crimes’ in Metro Manila have gone down by as much as 50 percent, and this is because of different anti-crime programs,” Bartolome said. Anthony Vargas

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