Eastern Visayas generally peaceful, PNP says
Tacloban City (November 27) -- Eastern Visayas is generally peaceful, Police Senior Supt. Edgar Basbas, Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Police Regional Office 8 informed the members of the Regional Peace and Order Council 8 during a meeting held on November 26 at the Governors' Hall of the Leyte Provincial Capitol.
In his briefing, Col. Basbas said that the crime incidence in the Region for the period January to October 2010 is 4,318 or 1,948 higher than that of the same period in 2009 which was placed at 2, 370.
Colonel Basbas attributed the rise in the crime rate to the fact that this year the country has conducted two elections. One was in May for the synchronized National and Local elections and in October for the SK and Barangay elections.
Colonel Basbas said that it is the common crimes that increased, not the high profile crimes.
The Region is relatively enjoying peaceful condition because the people in the barangay's perception is that they are still safe and that the crimes committed will not affect their way of life, Colonel Basbas added.
Colonel Basbas also pointed out that the Philippine National Police is now using a more efficient reporting system.
The RPOC members led by RPOC Chairman Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla noted that the increased crime incidents most especially the high profile crimes like shooting incidents in Tacloban City is quite alarming considering that it is not a common occurrence.
He said that the latest survey conducte by an independent company showed that Region 8 ranks 3rd as most peaceful.
The high profile crimes which were committed in the recent past in Tacloban and which remain unsolved up to today is quite alarming and might turn away investors and visitors to the Region, Governor Petilla said, considering that Tacloban is the maiden city in the Region. (PIA 8) [top]