Hindi sinusuportahan ng opisyal na datos ng pulisya ang pahayag ni Gutoc.
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.
“On the average nationwide, the manning levels of the PNP shall be approximately in accordance with a police-to-population ratio of one policeman for every 500 persons.”
Source: Official Gazette, Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990
None of the country’s 17 regions matched or even came close to Gutoc’s 1:3,000 ratio. Calabarzon (Calamba, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Region, the farthest from the 1:500 standard, had a ratio of 1:1,225 or one cop for every 1,225 residents.
Only the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Caraga Region exceeded the standard at 1:313 and 1:446, respectively.
Of the 15 regions that failed to meet the standard, the ARMM had the fourth lowest personnel shortage count. Personnel shortage is determined by subtracting the actual personnel count from the “ideal” figure, which the PNP designates by region based on population, following the 1:500 ratio.
Aside from population density, the law said “actual [police] strength by cities and municipalities shall depend on the state of peace and order” and “actual demands of the service” in the particular area. This, provided police-to-population ratio will not go below 1:1,000 and that urban areas will have a higher set minimum ratio.
GMA News, REPLAY: Debate 2019: The GMA Senatorial Face-Off, Feb. 9, 2019
Philippine National Police, Schedule on Police to Population Ratio as of Dec. 31, 2018
Official Gazette, Republic Act 6975, Sec. 27
N-peace.net, Samira Gutoc-Tomawis