President Rodrigo Duterte's Davao City has the highest number of rape cases among major cities in the country, a recent Philippine National Police record shows.
Police data show that more rape cases were particularly recorded in the second quarter of this year, Jonathan Andal reported on Super Radyo dzBB on Sunday.
As of posting time, there was no official statement yet Davao City government, whose present mayor is the president's daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio.
But Davao City police chief Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum, in an interview on Super Radyo said, "Tama po yung record ng PNP national headquarters."
"Kaya po nakatutok kami sa counter measures namin sa mga crime," Tagum added.
He said that recorded rape cases happened inside private dwellings, where police control and monitoring are weakest.
Last Saturday, Vice President Leni Robredo disputed the PNP's record showing her hometown Naga City is 5th in criminality among the country's cities.
Robredo dismissed the PNP's claim as "misinformation," saying her home city's "real rank" in terms of criminality on a nationwide scale is: Naga is 34th in murder, 24th-26th in homicide, 29th in rape, 11th in robbery, and 6th in theft.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde had said that Naga City consistently ranked fifth among the major cities in the country in terms of crime volume in the first semester of the last two years.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte also said that the city was once a "hotbed of shabu," and later, Malacañang challenged the city's officials to disprove the allegation.
But Albayalde clarified that Naga City cannot be considered as "hotbed" of shabu. —LBG, GMA News