MANILA — In its latest report, New York-based business magazine Global Finance ranked the Philippines last on the list of the world’s safest countries for the second time. 

In the report’s last edition in 2019, the country also landed at the bottom out of 128 countries listed. 

But according to a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on July 9, that the actual data on the crime situation in the country clearly disputes the ranking of the Philippines on Global Finance’s list of the world’s safest countries. 

PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the force have been consistent in releasing crime data statistics, which have seen a decline in the past years.

“Our crime statistics does not jive with this ranking. Our partners in the media can prove this because we always release data on the crime situation in the country where we see a big decline. If we compare the number of index crimes in the first five years of this administration to the last or even the first five years of the previous administration, it declined by 63 percent nationwide,” he said.

“Other factors include natural disaster and the actual effects of Covid-19 to the country. Nevertheless, we will take this as a challenge to do more in terms of further improving the peace and order and security in our country,” he added, while also recognizing that peace and order is only one of the factors in the ranking of countries. 

In another report by The Philippine Star, PNP data revealed at least 395,920 index crimes were documented nationwide from July 2016 to June 2021, which is lower compared to 1,113,712 incidents during the same period of Aquino’s term, or a decrease of about 64.45 percent.

From 458,367 to 170,168, crimes against persons such as murder and homicide dropped by 62.87 percent while property crimes went down from 655,345 to 225,752 or a decrease of 65.55 percent.

Mindanao registered the biggest decline in crimes at 70.90 percent, followed by Luzon, excluding Metro Manila, ranked second with a decrease of 65.35 percent, Visayas seeing a dip of 59.64 percent and Metro Manila registering a 59.32 percent decline.

In an interview with dzBB, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año downplayed Global Finance’s report and said it should be taken objectively as “it does not reflect the country’s actual situation on the ground.”

Kailangan very objective tayo. Mahirap pagbasehan lang natin itong survey ng ibang countries. Minsan may political factors behind,” Año said.