Zambo’s crime rate drops as anti-drug war intensifies PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 July 2016 13:42

By VIC LARATO

City Police OIC-Director Sr. Supt. Luisito Magnaye reported on Wednesday that Zamboanga’s crime rate has dramatically dropped following the intensified war against illegal drugs.

“Bumaba po yung crime incidents natin like shooting mula nung inilunsad natin ang malawakang gyera kontra droga,” Supt. Magnaye said during the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting in City Hall.

Without citing statistics yet, Magnaye said most if not all crime incidents in the city were drug related, and when the Philippine National Police (PNP) launched the massive anti-drug war under Pres. Duterte’s administration, “talagang bumaba po ang ating crime rate.”

“There were days na halos zero crime incident tayo like during President Duterte’s stopover visit to the city last July 21 and first SONA last July 25, respectively, breaking the record of Pacman’s boxing events,” the city police director said.

He was responding to the query of CPOC business sector representative Edwin To if the city’s crime rate did go down with the intensified anti-drug war and the curfew for minors in certain barangays.

“Did the crime rate go down? Personally, for the record, we, in the business sector, feel safer going out,” To said, however, he did not elaborate.

On the curfew for minors in certain barangays, Mayor Beng Climaco, who chairs the CPOC, cautioned the members as there is a need now for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to issue an order or memorandum of sort to the LGUs regarding the matter taking into consideration the recent Supreme Court ruling against it.

“We need official guidance from the DILG so that we will be able to synchronize everything. Otherwise, if we do it by piecemeal there might be tendency for misconception and abuse,” Mayor Climaco said.

Right there and then, the chief executive sought the opinion of DILG-City Director Moh. Taha S. Arakama, who said “what is not punishable for an adult should not be punishable for a child.”

Atty. Arakama cited Sec. 57. Status Offenses of RA 9344, otherwise known as “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006,” which states “any conduct not considered an offense or not penalized if committed by an adult shall not be considered an offense and shall not be punished if committed by a child.”— Vic Larato