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It’s one thing for National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Debold Sinas to get away with his mañanita mishap; it’s another to get promoted as the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
On Monday, November 9, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a Malacañang briefing that the controversial cop had been appointed as the new head of the national police.
Filipinos online took to social media on Monday to air their disbelief over the promotion of Sinas, whom they demanded 6 months ago to resign after violating COVID-19 health protocols such as physical distancing and the ban on mass gatherings.
The mañanita controversy drew massive flak, with Sinas and other police attendees facing criminal and administrative charges for their violations.
But in May, President Rodrigo Duterte had already defended Sinas, calling him a “good officer” and insisting that Sinas would get to keep his post as Metro Manila police chief.
Six months later, Sinas would rise to power as the new PNP chief.
Former PTV4 host Jules Guiang pointed out the irony.
On Monday, “Sinas”, “Debold”, and “mañanita” quickly landed in Philippine trending topics on Twitter. Several social media users criticized yet again the government’s double standards which appear to favor only the administration’s allies.
Twitter user @GabTee lamented: “Impunity lives another day.”
Some also urged the public to register and exercise their right to vote in the 2022 elections. Actor Jake Ejercito tweeted, “Register to vote!”
Some social media users also reminded the public that Sinas’ track record is marred not only by a sloppy mañanita party, but also by extrajudicial killings and human rights violations.
Prior to his appointment as Metro Manila police chief, Sinas was a regional director of the Central Visayas police office from July 2018 to October 2019.
Under his watch in Central Visayas, there were at least 320 unsolved killings in Cebu – at least 120 were during buy-bust operations, while the rest were vigilante killings. (READ: Sinas’ sins in Central Visayas: Killings rampant, investigations incomplete)
Netizens listed down the controversies tied with Sinas’ leadership. (READ: Controversies trail Debold Sinas: Mañanita to unresolved killings)
Sinas’ appointment as the PNP chief is his highest promotion yet, jumping to the top spot and surpassing the order of succession in the police command.
His appointment, Roque said, takes effect Tuesday, November 10.
Here’s what others had to say on Sinas’ promotion:
What are your thoughts on Sinas’ promotion? Sound off in the comments. – Rappler.com