MANILA - Nine officials of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) underreported crimes by as much as 60 percent, according to a report by the Philippine National Police’s Directorate of Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM).
DIDM chief Director Don Montenegro, in his six-page report, identified five of the erring police officials as city police chiefs: Senior Superintendents Rodolfo Llorca of Pasay, Florendo Quibuyen of Mandaluyong, Joselito Daniel of San Juan, Arthur Felix Asis of Taguig and Ariel Andrade of Parañaque.
Montenegro also named Manila Police District Station 4 (Sampaloc) commander Superintendent Santiago Pascual, MPD Station 9 (Malate) commander Superintendent Manam Muarip, Quezon City Police District Station 10 (Kamuning) commander Superintendent Limuel Obon and QCPD Station 7 (Cubao) Superintendent Ramon Pranada.
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima had ordered the validation of crimes reported nationwide to get a true picture of crimes committed in the Philippines.
Because it was the first time the project was undertaken, Purisima gave station commanders some leeway, allowing for a discrepancy of less than 30 percent between a station commander’s report and that of the DIDM team that validated the report.
Metro Manila’s 38 station commanders were ordered to submit reports on crimes reported from January to June. Five DIDM teams validated the reports, using police station blotters and documents from barangays.
The Cubao police station had the largest discrepancy, 62.5 percent, between the 429 crimes reported by Pranada vis-à-vis 1,143 cases gathered by the DIDM team, Montenegro said.
The second largest discrepancy was in Mandaluyong, at 61.2 percent; followed by Pasay, 56.1 percent; MPD Station 4, 52.3 percent; San Juan, 44.4 percent; MPD Station 9, 41.9 percent; Parañaque, 41.8 percent; Taguig, 36.2 percent; and QCPD Station 10, 30.4 percent.
Montenegro noted that crimes recorded by the barangays comprised between 40 percent and 60 percent of the total crime volume of the police stations.
Since figures from barangays were not included in the police stations’ records in the past, there was a reported increase in overall crime volume in a certain area, he said.
“These findings support the earlier conclusion of this directorate that our reported total crime volumes in the past years were not the true picture of the crime situations on the ground,” Montenegro said.
He noted that victims of petty crimes usually failed to report “these incidents to our police stations, even to our barangays.”
Several barangays also failed to submit their crime incident reports while some submitted “selected or sanitized” reports, Montenegro said.
“The main reason for the non-submission of barangay incidents can be attributed to non-cooperation from local government units (LGUs). Accordingly, officers who are tasked to collect said data experienced difficulty in obtaining such,” he added.
The DIDM and the NCRPO are discussing what sanctions would be imposed on the erring city police chiefs and station commanders.
NCRPO director Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo Jr. said he had written the mayors, informing them that the nine police officials “have not performed their jobs religiously.”
Chief Superintendent Christopher Laxa, NCRPO’s deputy for operations, said the officials did not tamper with their reports, but should still be held liable because they signed the documents.
He said the big discrepancies in crime statistics reports were due to the non-inclusion of traffic accidents and cases handled by the women’s and children’s protection desks.