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Police see decline in petty crimes in Divisoria, Binondo

Bargain hunters may not feel uneasy anymore every time they shop at Divisoria and Binondo districts in Manila.

Manila Police District Station 11, which covers Binondo and Divisoria, recorded zero cases of petty crimes such as theft and holdup robbery since the Duterte administration started its all-out offensive against illegal drugs on July 1.

It used to be at least five petty crime incidents before President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power on June 30, according to a report on "Balitanghali" on Saturday.

The report added that other police stations in Manila also saw a drop in the number of criminal incidents such as murder and homicide in the first two weeks of July.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa earlier acknowledged that the anti-drug war has led to the decline in index crimes such as murder, physical injury and rape.

'Pag nagpursige ka sa drugs, yung mga crimes on poverty bababa rin 'yan. Medyo humina na yung mga loob ng mga masasamang tao gumawa ng kalokohan dahil hindi na sila nagsa-shabu," Dela Rosa said on Thursday.

Dela Rosa, however, did not give specific numbers to back up his claim. —Virgil Lopez/ALG, GMA News