The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reminded Dabawenyos to immediately report crime incidents instead of posting about them on social media for prompt response and speedy resolution.

DCPO PMaj. Catherine dela Rey, during the Madayaw Davao program of 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) aired on Monday, June 5, said: “Rape o holdup man na report dayon, ayaw usa i-post sa social media aron makaconduct dayon mi og hot pursuit operation (Whether it’s rape or holdup, report it immediately, don’t post it on social media so we can conduct a hot pursuit operation right away).”

She encouraged victims, even if the crime occurred a long time ago, to find the courage to report the incident to the police to seek justice.

Dela Rey highlighted the significant impact of DCPO’s law enforcement operations conducted from May 22 to 30. These operations provided a significant boost to their ongoing campaigns against illegal drugs, wanted individuals, illegal gambling, and the possession of loose firearms.

During the 44 operations targeting illegal drugs, DCPO apprehended 56 individuals and seized illegal drugs with an estimated value of P402,000.

Additionally, the Davao City police apprehended 23 most wanted persons and 112 other wanted individuals, while 78 individuals were apprehended in the 32 operations targeting illegal gambling.

Furthermore, Dela Rey mentioned that in 31 operations carried out, six individuals were apprehended for possessing loose firearms.

“Nagtrabaho gyud mga kapulisan sa DCPO sa atong anti-criminality programs. Nanghinaut mi nga wala kaayo’y crime incidents karong semanaha makatutok mi sa mga kaso nga wala pa ma solve (DCPO police officers are really working in our anti-crime programs. We hope there aren’t too many crime incidents this week so we can focus on unsolved cases),” Dela Rey added.

She emphasized the concerning prevalence of rape cases, which had the highest number of incidents among the eight focus crimes monitored by DCPO. These focus crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft, motor napping, and car napping.

She mentioned that while there was a decrease in the number of focus crimes, from 167 incidents between January and April 2022 to 94 incidents during the same period this year, rape continued to be the most prevalent crime.

Out of the 167 crime incidents reported from January to April last year, 57 were rape cases. Among the 94 focus crimes recorded by DCPO between January and April this year, at least 31 were rape incidents.

Dela Rey said, “Alarming gyud sya na mao’y pinakataas. Naningkamot ta nga ma-prevent o masulbad ni. Magtinabangay ta (It is alarming that rape has high incidents. We are trying to prevent or solve this. Let’s work together).” That’s why they launched the Oplan Kilos, a campaign known as “Kababainhan/Kabatan-onan/Kalalakin-an Igiya Laban sa Pagpanglugos” which is a proactive community-based initiative aimed at addressing rape and sexual abuse cases in the city.

Oplan Kilos not only strengthens police efforts against sexual crimes, but also encourages the involvement of barangay leaders, youth groups, women’s associations, the academe, and faith-based organizations within the community. CIO