The nationwide rate of homicide cases has increased by 21.8 percent in April amid the easing of quarantine restrictions in some regions, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.
In a press briefing, PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management director Brig. Gen. Sterling Raymund Blanco Jr. said a total of 95 cases were recorded in April as compared to the 78 cases in March.
Blanco said the increase in homicide cases was noted in Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 5 (Bicol), 7 (Central Visayas), and 12 (Soccsksargen).
The majority of the cases are shooting and stabbing in residential areas often motivated by heated arguments and personal grudges, he added.
Meantime, about 91 murder cases were recorded in April, lower than the 100 cases reported in March. Rape cases for April also went down to 75 as compared to the 88 reported in March, a reduction of 14.77 percent.Theft cases also went down by 20.11 percent in April with only 143 incidents recorded compared to the 179 in March. SOVEREIGNPH