Police reported that crime rates in Metro Manila drop during ‘ber’ months.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Guillermo Eleazar said they recorded fewer crimes committed during ‘ber’ months based on 2016 to 2018 report.
NCRPO showed an average of 1,149 crimes during non-“ber” months compared to the 1,077 crime incidents from September to December in 2018.
Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the crime rate downtrend in Metro Manila has been consistent for the past three years especially with crimes against property like snatching and robbery.
“Since 2016, we have already reversed that trend. Partly, this can be attributed to more active police interventions and increased vigilance of our citizens during this period brought about by strong public awareness through the media,” Eleazar added.
Past NCRPO leadership struggled to keep the crime rates down during the holiday season in the Philippines. But since 2016, an average of 11% decrease in crime incidents was recorded during ‘ber’ months.
Eleazar boasted that this accomplishment is only part of the 58% reduction of criminal cases in Metro Manila under Duterte’s administration.
‘Ber’ months start of Philippines’ Christmas season
Philipines was known to have the longest Christmas celebration in the world.
Filipinos would start putting up Christmas decorations once September begins. You would also hear Tagalog Christmas songs played and Christmas delicacies like “bibingka” and “puto bumbong” sold around.
Different Jose Marie Chan memes singing “Christmas in Our Hearts” went viral on social media last week. The song was believed to kick start Philippines’ Christmas season.
Filipinos celebrate Christmas from September to January (Three Kings celebration).