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Philippine police docked pay for unsolved murders

MANILA (AFP) – Nearly two dozen high-ranking Philippine police officers have been docked a month’s salary as punishment for failing to solve hundreds of murders in a southern city, the government said on Friday.

The disciplinary action was handed down by the Ombudsman Conchita Morales, a special government prosecutor, who found the 21 officers of Davao, a city of 1.4 million people, guilty of neglect of duty.

An enquiry by the Ombudsman’s office listed 720 Davao murders in the four years to 2008, with local police being able to arrest the killers in just 321 of the cases, the special prosecutor said in a written statement.

‘From the foregoing figures, it is evident that respondents were remiss in their duty to significantly reduce the number of killings,’ Ms Morales said.

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