Mar Roxas calls ‘Peaceful Davao City’ a myth, says it actually has 4th highest crime rate in PH

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  • LP standard bearer says media and propaganda just hyping up Davao City’s reputation
  • He cites PNP statistics, says Davao actually has 4th highest crime rate in the country
  • He also claims he was able to reduce crime in Metro Manila during his term as DILG chief

MANILA, Philippines – Is Davao City’s reputation as one of the safest cities in the Philippines just a fantasy?

According to Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas, yes, it is.

In a forum sponsored by members of the Galing Pook Foundation, Roxas — citing statistics from the Philippine National Police (PNP)— said Davao City actually recorded 18,000 crime incidents in 2014, making it the city with the 4th highest crime rate in the country.

“So myth, kathang isip, the peace in Davao City is just an imagination,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “I’m not trying to put them down, I’m just stating the statistics.”

“Like all things in life, there is no magic wand, there is no abracadabra, everything that is worth something important to us, we need to work and sacrifice for it,” he added.

Roxas opposes the death penalty and frowns on his erstwhile friend and rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s willingness to implement tough and instant measures against suspected criminals.

Roxas also touted his own achievement as Interior Secretary; saying he was able to significantly reduce crime in Metro Manila when he was at the helm of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

With his ‘Oplan Lambat-Sibat’ which he started, Roxas said he was able to bring the National Capital Region’s crime rate from 918 cases a week to just 300 and told skeptics they can always check with PNP records to see if he’s telling the truth.

“For those who are skeptical, this is blotter-based,” he said. “We are regularly auditing this. That was accomplished not by a magic wand but by changing the mindset of the PNP.”