Peace index report on PH mere ‘perception’ – Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde challenged foreigners to visit the Philippines and see for themselves the real situation of peace and order in the country.

“We want these people to go to our country and see for themselves on what really is the real situation of peace and order in our country because they can’t see it if they are just in other countries,” Albayalde said in Filipino in a press conference on Thursday, responding to the 2018 Global Peace Index report that the Philippines was the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific Region after North Korea.

The report indicated that the Philippines ranked 137th this year, dropping one spot from 136th in the last year’s report.

The report by the Australia-based think thank said that the Philippines was one of the least peaceful countries based on the administration’s ongoing war on drugs and the five-month siege in Marawi City in 2017 by an IS-inspired terrorist group.

Albayalde, however, said that these reports were just “perceptions”.

“This is one of the effects of other sectors saying there are a lot of human rights violations and there are a lot of policemen but when in fact, if they come here, they will see peace and order,” he said.

“Even our relatives in US, they only get news about the crimes in the country and not peace and order so it’s just about perceptions,” he said. ROY NARRA


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