Crime rate up in Northern Mindanao

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NORTHERN Mindanao’s crime rate went up in the last two years with the Philippine National Police (PNP) recording 70,000 cases.

Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, deputy regional director for administration in Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10), said that from 30,000 crime incidents, the figure has substantially increased.

This has prompted the PNP’s leadership in the region to properly account the number of crime incidents so that more efficient solutions of these cases could be established and managed.


PRO-10 is the first regional police office in the country to submit its crime statistics to the PNP national headquarters following an order from its director General Alan Purisima to inventory crime volume in all police offices in the country.

“The Chief PNP is currently collecting the number of cases from the regions, so, we could see the real crime situation. The PNP chief is really trying to correct the crime situation. Aron mahibal-an nato how to manage it,” Desquitado said.

He said the crime volume has even tripled.

“This time, there is really an increase. The crime volume rose from 200 to 300 percent. That’s the real picture. But we want to fix the crime picture in the region,” Desquitado added.

Desquitado said the towns and cities in the region were required to submit the crime figures which are now subjected to assessment by the PNP regional command.


Desquitado said many chiefs of police in some towns, cities, and provinces were relieved due to the increased crime rate in their areas.

He furthered that the previous Bukidnon provincial PNP commander was even under investigation citing the increasing number of crime incidents in his jurisdiction.

Desquitado, however, did not elaborate on the details of the case.

He said the chiefs of police in the cities of Valencia, Malaybalay, Ozamiz, and Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon, were among those relieved from their posts due to the rise in the number of crime volume, based on the recommendation of the PNP directorate for investigative and management branch.

He said the officers failed to present the real crime situation of their respective areas.

But in Cagayan de Oro, he said, Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, the city’s police chief, is spared from the relief order.

“Two weeks ago, we received a letter from the mayor (Mayor Oscar Moreno) expressing confidence and trust in the leadership of Mijares. Even the process of making him as full-fledged city director from acting city director is ongoing,” Desquitado said.

Desquitado said despite the series of summary executions in the city lately: “I don’t see a reason that his (Mijares) post is threatened.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 25, 2014.

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