Samira Gutoc gets ARMM police figures wrong
Senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, a former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, cited wrong figures on the police-to-population ratio in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
In the Feb. 9 GMA News senatorial debate, Gutoc, previously a member of the ARMM legislative assembly and now running under the Liberal Party, spoke of her track record in working for peace in Mindanao:
Naging grassroots leader tayo, chairman ng anti-crime movement sa Marawi City para po labanan ang terorismo (I was a grassroots leader, chairman of the anti-crime movement in Marawi City to fight off terrorism). Marami pong trabaho ang gagawin(There’s a lot of work to be done); we only have one police for 3,000 persons in our municipalities and cities in ARMM.
Source: GMA News, REPLAY: Debate 2019: The GMA Senatorial Face-Off, Feb. 9, 2019, watch from 30:34 to 30:56
Official police data do not support Gutoc’s claim.
As of Dec. 31, 2018, the ARMM police-to-population ratio stood at 1:565, or one cop for every 565 residents, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) show.
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