NCRPO chief faces criminal raps over birthday bash
MANILA – A criminal case is now being readied to be filed tomorrow against Metro Manila top cop Major General Debold Sinas over his controversial birthday gathering, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. SINAS. NCRPO PIO He added the PNP is also seeking clearance from the Office of the President regarding the possible filing of administrative charges against the alleged quarantine violators. Sinas has apologized for the incident, claiming he found “nothing wrong” with the gathering as proper social distancing and health measures were followed by the guests. “Major General Sinas is a third level officer and a presidential appointee; hence, a clearance from the OP is needed for the filing of administrative charges of the PNP. The same applies to the senior police officials who are also presidential appointees,” Roque said. Sinas received criticisms after photos of his birthday celebration on May 8 – which he had labeled as a simple “mañanita” or early morning serenade – went viral online earlier this week. The pictures were initially uploaded on the Facebook page of National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) public information office where police officers were seen giving Sinas roses and cakes while other photos were seen Sinas mingling with guests seated at various tables. “I don’t think so na there’s a double standard… ‘Yung gathering po namin, hindi po ‘yun mali. Wala po kaming nakitang mali doon. It’s very ungentlemanly kung hindi ko sila hinarap, at kung pinauwi ko sila. They prepared for that. I think we observed naman ‘yung protocol,” Sinas said in an interview with CNN Philippines. “I asked an apology, but if some groups will not accept it, okay lang po sa amin. I’ve already given my explanation,” he added. “I will have the investigators na lang assess what really happened.”/PN Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa is readying a criminal case against Sinas and other senior officers who attended the party and it will be filed on Friday, Roque said.