Metro Manila police chief bans weekday golf under 'internal cleansing'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 03:40 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2019 04:19 PM

Internal cleansing to be implemented 'to the fullest' amid drug recycling storm: NCRPO chief

MANILA — The head of the police unit in Metro Manila assumed office Wednesday with a pledge to pursue an "internal cleansing" to the "fullest," which includes a ban on golf during weekdays.

A golf game lasts 4 hours at the minimum and could take up a policeman's entire morning. At the end of the match, he or she would have been tired before even reporting for work, said Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, himself a golfer.

Sinas took over as chief of the National Capital Region Police Office as the organization fought allegations that some of its men resold drugs that were seized from the streets.

"The internal cleansing program of the national headquarters will be implemented to the fullest. It is very difficult facing the enemy outside, it is more difficult facing the enemies inside," said.

"The anti-illegal drugs will remain in focus, we will strengthen various policies in order to arrest more high valued targets, and eliminate or lessen the activities of illegal drugs in the NCR," Sinas said.

Sinas, who replaced Maj. Gen. Guillermo Elazar at the NCRPO, said he was also considering appointing female police officials, replicating his women empowerment program in Central Visayas.

The Philippine National Police saw its first all-female police station in Maria, Siquijor under Sinas, according to a Rappler report.

Eleazar is also one of 3 candidates tipped to replace Gen. Oscar Albayalde, who resigned as PNP chief on Tuesday following allegations that he protected 13 former subordinates accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of drugs from an operation.

"I recognize that I stand on the shoulders of great men and women of team NCRPO. Our commitment and determination in war against criminality and drugs made NCRPO the best regional office for the first time in its history. I'm proud of you," Eleazar told his former unit.

Sinas was director of the Central Visayas police for 16 months, during which some 10,000 drug operations resulted in 135 deaths, some of which were investigated by the Commission on Human Rights.

As regional director, his office also confiscated 189 kilos of shabu and 485 kilos of marijuana. It was also under Sinas' watch that Negros Oriental saw a spate of killings that were linked in the campaign against members of the New People's Army.

With reports from Jerome Lantin and Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News