President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to keep Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas in his post as Metro Manila police chief will not affect the probe on his administrative liability over alleged violation of quarantine protocols, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
“We welcome President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s valid and reasonable exercise of command management prerogative over the decision to retain (Sinas) to the post as Regional Director of NCRPO,” PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in a press statement.
Banac added that the PNP bows to the “better judgment” of the President on matters of relief and designation of police commanders to key posts.
“Nonetheless, we agree with the opinion of the IAS (Internal Affairs Service) Inspector General that this development will have no effect on the criminal and administrative cases that Sinas is facing,” he added.
Aside from Sinas, 18 other police officers have been charged with violation of City Ordinance No. 12, series of 2020, which imposes mandatory wearing of face masks and physical distancing, and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, filed by the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) before the Taguig City Prosecutors’ Office. PNA.GOV.PH