Senator Ping Lacson said in a Twitter post that National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Major General Debold Sinas “has been bashed, criticized and pilloried both on social and mainstream media.”
“He has since apologized and regretted his indiscretion. We may also want to consider his long law-enforcement service and his share to keep Metro Manila safe from the virus,” Senator Lacson said.
However, the senator clarified in a statement “Make no mistake: This is not to suggest forgiveness or absolution for P/Maj. Gen. Sinas. Rather, it is an appeal to concerned netizens not to rub salt to injury by going to the extent of posting out-of-date photos to sow more hatred towards Sinas by exploiting the naïveté of certain individuals to join the bandwagon of hate towards the police officer.”
“Certainly, he should get the punishment he deserves even as the appropriate authorities are already investigating him,” Lacson added.
“Whichever way one looks at it, NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas set a bad example in committing what he did during his birthday “mañanita” or whatever he wants to call it. As a result, he has been bashed, criticized and pilloried both on social and mainstream media for the incident, even as he has since apologized and regretted his indiscretion,” Senator Lacson said.
Police Major General Sinas said “May 8 is the day when God aggrandize his love for me and my family for it is the day when I was born. That day, I was blessed and honored that another year has been added to my life.”
“Overjoyed as a birthday celebrant, I was caught up with a traditional Mañanita spontaneously conducted by some of my officers and men in their own volition,” he added. “In all actuality, my accommodation to them was done with all cautiousness because I am fully aware of the Anti-COVID measures being implemented by the government.”
“Nevertheless, I apologize for what transpired during my birthday that caused anxiety to the public. It was never my intention to disobey any existing protocols relative to the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine,” Sinas said.