Metro Manila Police Chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas is said to remain in his post, according to the Chief of Philippine National Police Archie Gamboa. It can be recalled that Sinas received backlash for a birthday party / mañanita that transpired May 08 despite regulations prohibiting mass gathering.
“Yes. I hope the public would understand kasi nandito tayo sa emergency situation. Pag palitan mo siya, we will never know. Napakahirap palitan dahil ang dami niyang programa in relation to COVID,” states PNP Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa, in an article by ABS CBN News.
Moreover, according to PNP Spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, keeping Sinas in his position is important in maintaining continuity in the police force’s programs.
“Sa normal, pag may kontrobersiya, sisibakin agad. Pero sa panahon ngayon, kinakailangan ng continuity sa mga programa. Si General Sinas ang nakakaalam talaga. Kinakailangan namin ang kanyang paglilingkod,” states PNP Spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.
It can be recalled that the NCRPO documented the celebration and posted photos on social media captioned ‘Happy Birthday, Sir Dodong!’. The post was quick to draw attention from netizens and photos were replicated in various media outlets and in social media. In the photos, it was also seen that some individuals seated close together were not wearing facemasks. The post was no longer available as of May 13.
Sinas, in his defense, said that it was not a party, rather a mañanita or an early morning birthday serenade organized by the police for him. The police chief also claimed that some of the photos were edited.
“Some of the pictures circulating in the social media were edited and grabbed from old posts. The pictures may depict itself however it does not define the totality of what really had happened,” states NCRPO Chief Major General Debold Sinas.
However, Sinas was quick to make an apology.
“Nevertheless, I apologize for what transpired during my birthday that caused anxiety to the public,” Sinas states, “In all actuality, my accommodation to them was done with all cautiousness because I am fully aware of the anti-COVID measures being implemented by the government. They were told to observe social distancing and other precautionary health measures. They were also told not to linger and prepare for the simultaneous relief distribution NCR-wide that day,” he added.