DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is running on a campaign platform of peace and order, projecting himself as the crime-fighting mayor of Davao City. His supporters often highlight the low crime rate in Davao as proof of his abilities to tackle crime.
But a recent report released by the Philippine National Police shows Davao as the fourth among chartered cities with the highest crime rate from 2010 to 2015. Worse, Davao had the highest number of murders.
So now begs the question: Are the mayor’s supporters supporting a myth?
The other question in people’s minds: Did the Aquino administration have anything to do with the release of this report — just a little over a month before the May 9 elections — in order to boost the low ratings of its anointed candidate Mar Roxas? Just asking.