Duterte backs Sinas against criticisms over his birthday celebration, says he is a ‘good and honest officer’

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  • Pres. Duterte said he does not want to fire or transfer NCRPO chief Debold Sinas who came under fire after photos from his birthday went viral on social media
  • Duterte came to his defense and said that Sinas is a ‘good and honest officer’
  • Sinas and 18 other p0lice officers are facing a criminal complaint for their failure to follow quarantine protocols

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not fire or transfer National Capital Region P0lice Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas who received criticisms after photos from his birthday uploaded by the NCRPO PIO went viral on social media.

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In a public address, the President said it was him who did not want Sinas to be relieved or transferred because he is a “good and honest officer” and it was not his fault that others came to serenade him for his birthday.

“I do not believe in just firing him because kinantahan siya ng happy birthday. I’m sure na kung alam ni Sinas ‘yan hindi siya pumayag,” he said.

He also defended the cops for not wearing face masks during the mañanita.

“Yun naman nagsabing nakakita hindi siya naka-mask, e siyempre may mga meryenda ‘yan, may pagkain, alangan naman kainin nila pati yung mask. Edi tanggalin talaga nila,” Duterte said.

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He said Sinas will continue serving as NCRPO chief “until further orders.” “Mas kailangan ko yung tao dito sa trabaho niya. Marami ‘yan sila. They’re all competent but you know seniority. It is his time to be there,” he added. “Sabihin mo the ‘law is the law’. Well, akin na yun. It’s my responsibility.”

Sinas and 18 other police officers are facing a criminal complaint for alleged violation of City Ordinance 12, series of 2020, which imposes wearing of face masks and observing physical distancing, and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Sinas should have practiced “delicadeza” especially since the gathering was uncalled for.

Sinas, meanwhile, apologized and maintained that they followed quarantine protocols.

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