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Sunday, January 25, 2009

RP in Guinness for most murders –Gordon

The Philippines is in the Guinness Book of World Records of 2009 for the most number recorded murders, Senators Richard Gordon announced yesterday.

In a press statement posted on the Senate website, Gordon said this is one record the government has to erase.

“Our country has a penchant for setting world records on almost anything under the sun, but this record of having the most murder cases recorded tells something really serious in our country’s public and order situation,” he said.

“We should shudder at this world record because it shows that the best legacy our generation will leave behind is our reputation for succeeding at killing people than making our country safe,” he added.

He claimed that in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records, the Philippines had 3,515 homicides in 2004, and is the country with the highest number of murders for the latest year available in the record of the United Nations.

The country has set several records before, including recent ones as largest sticker wrap in the world, longest pastilles, most number of people tooth brushing, longest beer bar, and longest barbecue, longest longganisa, he said.

Gordon said that while most of the records the country sets symbolize the unity, cooperation, creativity and diligence among the citizens, the negative record could only stain these achievements because of the gravity of the issue involved.

We have heard of studies branding our nation as one of the most corrupt countries, or one of the most dangerous places for journalists, and now we have this record on being, number one on murders,” he added.


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