Malacanang gave an assurance Wednesday the government is responding well to the spate of crimes happening in the metropolis.
In a press briefing in Malacanang, President spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Dept. of the Interior and Local Government is on top of the situation with regard to government's response to criminality.
"The DILG is on top of it. Secretary Manuel Roxas is on top of it. He knows the situation. He gets daily reports on the criminal activities or apprehensions done by the PNP. So I'm certain that Secretary Mar Roxas is talking to PNP chief Alan Purisima with respect to these matters," Lacierda told reporters when asked about the attacks happening in Metro Manila.
He said National Capital Region Police Office chief Police Director Leonardo Espina is following up the SM Megamall robbery.
"There are things being done right now to determine and identify and to apprehend these lawless elements," he said.
Asked if the Palace is alarmed by these criminal activities, Lacierda said: "We are looking at the overall picture. It just so happened that there's a number of highlighted crimes reported. So we're looking at the overall picture of the criminal activity in Metro Manila."