The Philippines’s murder rate experienced a 40 percent drop from 2018 to 2022, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said. 

“Allow me to cite a five-year comparative data of murder cases that showed a sharp decrease of 40.01 percent,” PNP chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said during a press briefing.

Azurin said the trend of murder cases had shown a consistent downward pattern: from 7,121 in 2018, 6,310 in 2019, 5,490 in 2020, 4,853 in 2021, and 4,272 in 2022.

“Despite the decreasing number of murder cases over the years, there is still so much to be done in order to prevent these murder cases,” he said.

The data was shared by Azurin following the reported murders of several local chief executives this year.


 — Ronald Espartinez