NCRPO bats for permanent gun ban By Non Alquitran (The Philippine Star) Updated May 16, 2010 12:00 AM MANILA, Philippines National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Roberto Rosales called yesterday for the gun ban to be extended beyond the election period. We here in the NCRPO are in favor of extending the implementation of the gun ban as it has already proven to be the cause for the downward trend of crime incidents in Metro Manila in the first quarter of the year, Rosales said in an interview. He said that compared to the same period in 2009, there was a significant drop in cases of robbery, car theft, murder, rape and physical injuries. Rosales said robbery went down from 951 cases in 2009 to 702 this year or 35.4 percent; car theft from 152 cases to 129 or 18.1 percent; murder from 50 to 46 cases or 8.45 percent; physical injuries from 1,056 to 608 cases or 73.6 percent; and rape from 46 to 42 cases or 8.53 percent. Rosales issued his reaction a day after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa called for a second Gun Control Summit to address the proliferation of loose firearms and the possibility of extending the nationwide gun ban. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) implemented the gun ban starting Jan. 10 until June 9 in connection with the May 10 national and local elections.