Crime in Central Luzon drops by 80% in 5 days of lockdown — Sermonia

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CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Central Luzon recorded a massive 77 percent decline in major crimes, including murder, robbery and rape, during five days of the Luzon-wide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the regional director, P/Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia.

“From March 17-21, we recorded 17 incidents of focus crime, this is lower by 77.33 percent compared to 75 cases recorded during the same period in 2019,” he said.

“Moreover, this is lower by 80.68 percent to the 71 cases recorded the previous week of March 10-16, 2020,” Sermonia added.

Focus crimes refers to murder, homicide, robbery, theft, physical injury, car and motorcycle thefts, and rape.

“This significant decrease in crimes can be attributed to the leveling up of our anti-criminality measures and community partnership thru the implementation of our focused projects,” Sermonia said.

“Aside from our on-going quarantine operations, we are relentless in our pro-active efforts against all forms of lawlessness. Still, we continue to appeal to the public for their continuous cooperation in our crime prevention efforts in Central Luzon especially during these trying times,” he added.

The entire Luzon has been placed under enhanced community quarantine from March 17 to April 13. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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