Sinas' retention as Metro Manila police chief 'erodes confidence' in gov't: Drilon

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2020 02:28 PM

MANILA - Retaining Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas as Metro Manila police chief despite alleged quarantine violations in his recent birthday bash "erodes the confidence" of the public in the government's capability to enforce laws during the coronavirus crisis, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Wednesday. 

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that Sinas would stay as National Capital Region Police Office chief even after holding a birthday celebration earlier this month, despite a ban on mass gatherings and the consumption of alcohol in certain areas.

"That erodes the confidence of our people on the ability of the government to enforce the rules of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19," Drilon said in a statement.

The senator underscored that it would be hard for ordinary citizens to follow rules if the Philippine National Police violates the same policies they are expected to enforce.

"You will find difficulty for the ordinary citizens to follow the same rules. It erodes the credibility of the IATF and the PNP to enforce the rules that they promulgated because the implementers themselves do not follow them," he said.

Administrative and criminal charges have been filed against Sinas and 18 other police officials who organized the party held in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on May 8.