You can now access "Text Bato" to report crime

There's also a very cleverly named app.


( Crime reporting in the country just got a much-needed upgrade after the Philippine National Police opened a new emergency hotline on Monday, September 5. In partnership with Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc., the Philippine National Police (PNP) launched “Text Bato” 2286 which is a text-based dedicated hotline service, GMA News reported.


The 24/7 hotline will allow the public to directly exchange text messages with police officials regarding their crime-related complaint or emergency. It is also available nationwide since the hotline is connected to regional police desk offices.



Aside from this, the PNP also launched the “Itaga mo sa Bato” mobile app on the same day, which allows users to send a text message or call the emergency hotline with a single press of a button. The crime-reporting app is a supplementary system to the Emergency Hotline 911 established in August by the Duterte administration.

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