Duterte’s Davao City PH’s safest? It’s just a myth, says Roxas
While Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his constituents herald the peace and order situation in Davao City, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has dismissed it as a mere “myth.”
“Myth, kathang-isip, imagination lang itong payapa sa Davao City. Hindi ko sila dinadown. Sinasabi ko lang ang statistics,” Roxas said in a presidential forum on Friday at the Ateneo de Manila University, his alma mater.
Roxas said Davao City has the fourth-highest number of crime incidents in the Philippines.
As if comparing his leadership style with Duterte, Roxas then brought up the successes of the Philippine National Police in improving crime solution through “Oplan Lambat-Sibat,” the program he initiated when he was the Interior and Local Government secretary.
Roxas said crime incidence could be solved, not through violence, but through systematic means.
He again said that the statistics-based anti-crime program brought down the crime rate in Metro Manila from 918 cases to 300 cases per week.
“For those who are skeptical, this is blotter-based. We are regularly auditing this… That was accomplished not by some miracle,” he said. IDL