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    Crime surge alarms Philippine senator

    PHILIPPINE Senator Juan Edgardo Angara on Friday urged the government to beef up the country's national police force to fight the crime surge by hiring 50,000 more policemen.
    Angara said the government should put more boots on the ground, a move which would both raise the national police strength to 200,000 and the cop-to-population ratio to the ideal one per 500.
    "With a current population of 100 million, the country needs about 200,000 policemen, but the authorized 'uniformed personnel ceiling' of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is only around 151,410," Angara stressed.
    Filling all of these, plus adding more, he said, "should be part of the last two years' agenda of the Aquino administration.
    "If I may give an unsolicited advice, I think the President should announce a massive policemen recruitment program in his second-to-the-last SONA (Statement of the Nation Address)," Angara said.
    "It will send a comforting message to the nation that more men are being suited up to roll back crime," the neophyte senator emphasized.
    Last year, 1,033,833 crimes were reported to the police, which Angara said could just be fraction of the total as more victims, skeptic perhaps that the culprits will not be caught, opt not to report to the police what they had experienced.
    "Understated the data may be, it still paints a scary picture: One is murdered every hour, a robbery is committed every 10 minutes, someone is raped every 72 minutes, a theft is happening every three and half minutes," he exclaimed.
    Angara said Aquino's SONA announcement can be followed through with a request in the 2015 national budget, which the President must submit to Congress within a month after his July 22 speech, for funds to hire the initial batch of rookies.
    He proposed that 25,000 policemen be hired in 2015 and the same number in 2016 .
    "The initial cost of hiring 25,000 new cops, assuming they will join the service in the second half of the year, is about P5 billion," Angara said.
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