Why is there a surge in crime?

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    ‘We do not have strong data on how the current community quarantine and lockdowns are
    affecting criminal behavior, but the current trend of street crimes and more serious offenses is, to say the least, concerning.’

    HIGH-PROFILE crimes have dominated the headlines in our newspapers these days. The latest is the slaying of the chief inquest officer of Manila, Jovencio Senados, 62, a resident of Calamba, Laguna. His car, driven by his nephew, was cruising along Quirino Ave. corner Anakbayan in Paco, Manila when he was attacked on Tuesday morning.

    Then there was Jang Lucero, 34, a car owner in Calamba City who lost her job at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and tried to make ends meet by renting out her car, sometimes driving it herself. Her cadaver was found inside her own car on June 28 along the Bucal Bypass Road in Barangay Maunong, Calamba. She had 52 stab wounds. One of the suspects in her murder, Ann Sheila Montes Belarmino, has been arrested by the police and five more suspects are being hunted down.

    We can cite, too, the murder of Talitay, Maguindanao mayor Abdulwahab Sabal who fell in front of a hotel on Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila. Gunmen on board motorbikes rained bullets on the mayor and his group.

    One of the latest incidents is that of a 15-year-old girl in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur who was also killed by motorcycle-riding assailants on July 2. The teenager was attacked after filing a molestation complaint against two policemen from a neighboring town.

    Sen. Richard Gordon, author of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law, is unhappy with these continued attacks on certain individuals by gunmen riding motorcycles. He has championed the use of big motorcycle plates to easily identify criminals who utilize this method of killing.

    Gordon said he condemns the remorseless killing of the 15-year-old girl in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur by “riding-in-tandem assailants.”

    “It is abhorrent,” Gordon said in a statement. “It has never been and should never be acceptable that we allow our citizens to be killed mercilessly.”

    We do not have strong data on how the current community quarantine and lockdowns are affecting criminal behavior, but the current trend of street crimes and more serious offenses is, to say the least, concerning.

    The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has another job in its hands — this one on the spike of crimes and criminal behavior.

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