The number of individuals being caught for shoplifting and theft has increased in Pasay City, Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano bared on Saturday, April 17.
Rubiano disclosed this in an interview over DZRH when asked about the status of criminality in the city since the onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Sa mga terrorism hindi po lumala ito. Ang marami naming nakikitang tumaas nang bahagya ‘yung shoplifting, ‘yung mga theft iyon po (Terrorism was not a cause for concern. What we noticed is the slight increase in shoplifting and theft incidents,” she disclosed.
Pasay City Police Chief Cesar Paday-os attributed this to high unemployment rate brought by the COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila, as well as the current lockdowns.
“Sa shoplifting and theft, karamihan naman nangyayari ito sa mga supermarket at malls (Shoplifting and theft mostly occur in malls and supermarkets),” he said.
Meanwhile, regarding terrorism, Paday-os said they have not monitored any areas that are targeted in the city. He added that they are doing good in terms of their proactive approach and community engagement.