Palace defends use of last year’s crime stats in SONA


TO MY BOSSES: “This is not my SONA. This is the SONA of the Filipino nation. You are the wellspring of change. It’s possible. It is a great time to be Filipino.”

When is it all right to use different sets of figures to make your point?

Apparently, when the figures come from Malacañang.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Tuesday defended President Benigno Aquino’s use of last year’s statistics instead of this year’s when he reported on the crime situation in the country in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

Mr. Aquino said crime was in decline as shown by a decrease in the number of criminal incidents between 2009 and 2011. In 2009, 500,000 crime incidents were reported but this went down by more than half last year when 246,958 crimes were reported, he said.

But just last week, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that crime in the National Capital Region had increased by 36 percent in the first six months of the year. There were 29,231 crime incidents reported from January to June compared to 18,672 reported in the same period last year, it said.

At a press briefing, Valte said Mr. Aquino did not mention the crime volume in the first half of this year because the data was still “incomplete,” compared to the full-year statistics the President did mention in his Sona, that is from 2009 to 2011.

“The President was just trying to show the general downtrend of the crime rate, especially in particular areas,” Valte said.

While she acknowledged the crime rate in the NCR had gone up, she insisted that “as a whole, the crime situation is still down.”

“What we are saying is that there cannot be an apples-to-apples comparison if you use the full data of 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the 2012 data is not complete,” she said.

Why then did the President use data from the first half of the year when he reported on the positive economic outlook of the country, Valte was asked. She replied by saying there was no intent by the Palace or Mr. Aquino to put a spin or slant on the economic situation.

“The President was very categorical, very clear on the periods covered by what he was saying,” she said.

Asked how the Palace could use economic figures from June this year and not use figures for crime for the same period in the Sona, Valte said: “It depends on what you are looking at.”

“What we wanted to do here was highlight the good things that happened in the past year but this does not mean that we would ignore the areas that need improvement,” she said in Filipino.

Asked if the President was aware of the police statistics for the first half of the year, Valte said she assumed the leadership of the PNP had informed him about it.

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  • tabalu

    Mr. Aquino said crime was in decline as shown by a decrease in the number of criminal incidents between 2009 and 2011. In 2009, 500,000 crime incidents were reported but this went down by more than half last year when 246,958 crimes were reported. pati yung panahon ni gma sinakop pa sa statistics, ilang araw ginawa yung speech niya bakit dipa isinama yung crime rate ng january to june this year, hindi lahat ng tao ay maniniwala sa inyo, itong mga nakaraang araw lang ilang kilalang media personalities ang pinasok ang bahay at ang isa napatay pa. 

  • spearheads

    Here’s a glaring example of a lie in PNoy’s SONA:

    PNoy announced that the bidding for the new guns to be used by the PNP has already been completed and due for delivery. He even has the unequivocal figure that is, 74,600 firearms. However, PNP’s Cerbo announced that the winning bidder was disqualified and that the second winning bidder cannot fulfill the requirements. In other words the bidding is not completed. Furthermore the number of firearms subject of the bid is only 59,904 pieces.


    1. Was the “completed bidding” according to PNoy’s SONA done in the Palace? Hello Ric Puno, ikaw ang may experience dito sa PNP arms transactions, ano masasabi mo?

    2. Since only 59,904 is subject of the bidding, where will the remaining 15,596 pieces of firearms be delivered, in PNoy’s collection?

    Pakiesplika nyo nga PNoy, Lacierda, or Valte?

  • sigena

    pumalpak na naman

  • mekeni62

    mahilig talagang manggoyo ano po.

  • Aryong

    Web of lies….

  • Aryong

    Nothing is impossible and yet land (including HLI) will be distributed before 2016.why can not be done ASAP mr PNoy? If you can dispose full government resources to your enemies (GMA Corona) why can’t be done on CARP?

    Only blinded followers will believe your lies….

  • LabkoPinas

    Palusot ka pa, Ms. Valte. Huwag ka na magsinungaling. The people deserve the right to know and if crime is worst now, what the President should say is it is so but He is going to do his best to curtail the rise. No sugar coating please.

  • nakatutok

    miss valtek talaga, ang kapal na nga ng make-up, ang kapal pa din ng mukha…hirap na hirap na sa pagsisinungaling!!!

  • nakatutok

    sa sariling mundo ng pangulo, bumaba ang crime rate….bakit ba kayo nagrereklamo??? pumunta din kayo sa mundo niya para malaman nyo!!!

    • im_not_convinced

      All his economic programs and directives are tested in SIMcity first. if it works in the computer, should do just fine :) 

  • kilabot

    ayan na, lumabas na ang truthful and inspiring stats. cheer and clap your hands prostis, mongoloids, and yellowish swine.

    • im_not_convinced

      well inspiring pa din indeed dahil ang ganda ng kwento and somehow truthful cuz nangyari pa rin in 2011. outdated nga lang :)

      yan ang style ng mga tamad at all talk.

      If we want a truthful SONA, it has come to come from a 3rd party with no vested interest.

  • im_not_convinced

    bagsak ata sa stat si Pnoy back in college e.

    hilig mag magic when it comes to figures. last time they wanted to reduce the number of hungry people not through proper programs but by changing the counting system. imbis P50 ang minium amount for food in a day, gusto daw nila P40/day nalang. masyado daw masarap pag 50 ang gastos.

    shame shame.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    ok VALTE…

    penoy delivered the SONA 2011…i repeat, 2011!!!

    ang tanga talaga ng mga nasa malacanang…sa pmumuno ng lider nila

  • poltergeist_fuhrer


    pag sinabi state of the nation, it means estado ng bansa or SITWASYON NG BANSA natin…hindi nuon pero NGAYON!!!

    at kung bobolahin rin lang ng boss mo ang mga pilipino na hindi naman talga un ang tunay na sitwasyon ngaun, mas mabuti pang sabihin mo sa kanyang magpatingin na siya sa psychiatrist.

  • Hipolito

    Sorry pero parang may ibang tao na walang magawa sa buhay kundi magreklamo at gustong bumalik sa dating corrupt na gawi (bahala na corrupt basta tahimik).. Hindi naman nagbabayad ng tamang buwis… Gumawa naman kayo ng tama at ipa-presscon nyo para naman maniwala kami sa mga alipusta at panglalait.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer does not mean na against kami sa amo mo, automatically pro gma kami…kitid ng utak mo rin tsong

  • Guest

    No words from DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo to the reports that crime rates increased by 36% in Metro Manila. He’s sleeping in his job.

  • Guest

    Sa dami ng cabinet members na pinuri ni Pangulong Aquino sa SONA, si DILG secretary Jesse Robredo lang ang hindi niya binaggit. Dismayado kasi siya sa performance ni Robredo.

  • Armel Madsen

    oh sure there was intent. i mean, common!

  • Guest

    Hindi pinuri ni PNOY si Robredo sa SONA dahil dismayado siya sa mataas na crime rate sa bansa.

  • clowela_liezel

    PNP has no respect to DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, kaya yan ang resulta, tamad ang mga pulis ayaw magtrabaho, ginagaya si Robredo.

  • Guest

    Kahit ako si President Aquino, madidismaya kay Robredo dahil lumalala ang krimen sa bansa.

  • Kad_Palapox

    Hindi pa biktima ng krimen si DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo kaya wala siya pakialam sa
    tumataas na crime rite. Sana makidnap siya.

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