Peace and order situation nationwide better – Albayalde
MANILA, Philippines — Even with the recent killing of an incumbent lawmaker and a former town mayor on the very same day, the peace and order situation nationwide is far better now, according to Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
He pointed out that from Oct. 1 to Dec. 23, 2018, there were only 23 to 26 killings related to the runup to the May 2019 elections.
On the other hand, before the 2016 presidential elections there were 42 killings.
“Hindi naman sinasabi na porke mababa ito eh pababayaan na lang natin. Of course, wala tayong gustong mangyaring mga killings na ganito,” Albayalde said in a press briefing after a gift-giving event for children that he led at the Paraiso ng mga Bata in Malate, Manila.
[We’re not saying, however, that just because the figures are low we will be lax. Of course, we don’t such killings to happen.]
“Pero kumpara doon sa mga karahasan na nangyari during the 2016 elections, especially so from January to May 8 noong elections, ay di hamak na mababa itong mga insidente kung ikukumpara natin itong October to December 23,” he said.
[But compare that to the violent incidents that took place during the 2016 elections, especially from January to May 8, the number of incidents from October to December 23, 2018, are significantly lower.]
Albayalde made his assessment two days after the killing of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police aide by six unknown assailants, after a charity event in Barangay Burgos, Daraga, Albay last Saturday afternoon.
Just hours earlier on the same day, Joelito Talaid, a former mayor of Kadingilan in Bukidnon, was killed in Cagayan de Oro. /atm
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