Davao police debunks Mar Roxas' claim Davao City is not safe

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Administration party presidential bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas III

Davao City (CNN Philippines) – The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) debunked the claim of Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II that based on statistics from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Davao City is not at all safe.

In a speech on Friday (December 11), Roxas said it is a “myth” that Davao City is among the safest in the world. He explained it is actually the fourth city with the highest crime incidence in the Philippines, next to Quezon City, Manila, and Zamboanga.

Related: Roxas: Peaceful Davao City? It's a myth

Citing statistics from the PNP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Roxas said Davao City logged a crime volume of 18,119 in 2014.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the DCPO clarified that out of the 18,119, only 6,548 (36 percent) were attributed to index crimes, or crimes against persons and properties.

The DCPO said that the remaining 11,571 (64 percent) were attributed to non-index crimes. These are “police-initiated operations that yielded positive results especially on anti-drugs and other special laws.”

"They are not showing the true facts on this issue. Please share," the DCPO said on its Facebook post.

DCPO ADVISORY 12/11/2015:For the information of everyone. Out of the 18,119 crime volume of Davao City for CY2014....

Posted by Isumbongkay Cddcpo on Friday, December 11, 2015
 

Roxas' statement drew flak from locals who urged the former DILG head to visit Davao and walk in the streets alone during the night so he could see for himself how safe and peaceful the city is.