Contributed by Zeny Soriano
CAMP CIRILO TOLENTINO, Bataan – The Provincial Government of Bataan is in a “safe mode” after the Bataan PNP Command reported a dramatic decline of index crimes this 3rd quarter of 2016.
PNP Provincial Director Benjie Silo, Jr. said that the comparative crime statistics showed that as of last year (2015) July to September, there were about 384 index crimes reported while for the same quarter of this year (2016), the index crime is down to only about 143, a stunning 51% decrease.
PSSupt. Silo said that the decline is mainly because of the massive campaign done by the PNP and other stakeholders in their war against illegal drugs and will continue to maintain their vigilance.
The jam packed Bataan Provincial jail, according to PD Silo, who is also a lawyer, is a clear indication that most of the heinous crimes committed are drug related, that most of the cases being heard in court are allegedly done by suspects while under the influence of drugs, index crimes such as rape, murder, robbery, kidnapping and the like.
With this positive report, Gov. Abet Garcia commends the leadership of the PNP for a successful campaign and a job well done. The Governor said that the peace and order situation in a place is a big factor in the economic boost of one province, for no investor in his right mind will invest in a location when their safety will be at risk.
He (Gov. Garcia) added that the establishment of the Metro Bataan Development Authority (MBDA) headed by Gen. Manager Charlie Pizarro, in their active performance, is also a major feature in the decline of index crime especially highway robberies which was then rampant, more so, we now have immediate rescue and assistance in terms of accidents and untoward incidents at the Roman Super Highway.
The Governor reiterated that, our investors and the riding public are now assured of a convenient and safe travel going home or to any destination in our province.