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‘Di kapani-paniwala! Leftist solons tag NCRPO chief’s crime rate report as ‘fake news’

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Several leftist lawmakers chided National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde for attributing the decline in crime rate to the administration’s Tokhang and Double Barrel campaigns.

“NCRPO is in the business now of peddling fake news,” Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao said.

“What is worse (about the crimes today is) that more cops are involved,” he added.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio also lambasted the NCRPO chief saying that the declining crime rates he cited has been a “long-term trend” and “had nothing to do with Tokhang.”

“It’s utterly simplistic and absurd to link all or most crimes to drug use. Attributing lower crime rates to Tokhang and Double Barrel is merely a self-serving PR spin intended to justify the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs,” the politiko said.

“What’s for sure is that Tokhang and Double Barrel have contributed significantly to the increase in unsolved murders,” he added.

For her part, Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago called the figures “misleading, ironic and an insult to the families of Oplan Tokhang victims.”

Albayalde earlier cited an “unprecedented” drop in crime volume in 2017 compared to 2016.

He said NCRPO data showed a 23.38-percent drop in murder cases last year compared to 2016.

He also noted a 17.96-percent drop in crime volume in Metro Manila involving “focused crimes” like murder, homicide and physical injuries, and a 13.87-percent decrease in overall crimes against persons.

Despite doubts expressed by leftists lawmakers, Albayalde stood by his pronouncements saying that the suspects arrested in drug operations were the same perpetrators of other crimes.

“There’s a connection between drug peddling and robbery-holdups; drug users look for money to fund their addiction,” he said.