Robredo refutes PNP chief's crime ranking of Naga City

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Vice President Leni Robredo. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — Vice President Leni Robredo debunked the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief's claim that Naga City is the fifth city outside Metro Manila with the highest crime rate.

Robredo took to Twitter and said, "Totally unacceptable. Spare our people and our beloved city from misinformation."

In another tweet, the Vice President said, "PNP Chief claims Naga consistently ranked 5th in crime volume all over the country. The truth: Murder-34th;  Homicide -24th-26th; Rape-29th; Robbery-11th; Theft-6th."

Three days ago, PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said Naga City is the fifth city outside Metro Manila with the highest crime rate — a claim retracted by the PNP Public Information Office Acting Chief Benigno Durana Friday.

"Based on the latest PNP data, among the major cities of the country outside of Metro Manila, Naga City is ranked No. 6 in the total crime volume during the period from January to July 2018," Durana said.

Naga City is Robredo's bailiwick. President Rodrigo Duterte on August 14 said Robredo was incompetent to assume the presidency since Naga was a "hotbed of shabu."