Crime incidents in Maguindanao have dramatically dropped to its lowest since President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao.
Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao provincial police director, told reporters that crime incidents have been reduced by as much as 80 percent from their level before martial law.
“I cannot provide exact figure but crime incidents have dramatically reduced due to martial law,” Tello said, adding that no reported human rights violation arising from the declaration of military rule had been reported since May 23.
Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law to prevent the supporters and sympathizers of Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups from terrorizing communities outside Marawi City.
Tello said the presence of more checkpoints on major highways and the pro-active stance of the police, along with the military in Maguindanao’s 36 municipalities, contributed to the crime volume reduction.
He said daily information drive of the municipal office to its constituents was also a major factor “because the public is informed and helped the police identify and eventually arrest persons involved in illegal drugs who were also involved in other crimes.”
Tello also advised the public to continue supporting the police and military authorities in crime prevention.
“If you have not done something illegal, they you have nothing to be afraid of, as simple as that,” Tello said.