Rama appoints ‘controversial’ Sinas as adviser

Rama appoints ‘controversial’ Sinas as adviser

By Junex Doronio
July 5, 2022

Former PNP chief Debold Sinas (Sunstar Cebu courtesy)

CEBU CITY — Apparently ignoring the controversies that the ex-Philippine National Police (PNP) chief has been entangled with before, Mayor Mike Rama has appointed retired General Debold Sinas as a member of the city’s advisory board.

To recall, during the height of the pandemic Sinas blatantly violated quarantine rules on physical distancing and mass gatherings when he allowed “mañanita” dawn serenade for his 55th birthday at the headquarters of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) in Taguig City back in 2020.

As Police Regional Office in Region 7 (PRO 7) chief, Sinas drew flak for his implementation of “Oplan Sauron” in 2019 which led to the deaths of 14 people, suspected to be communist insurgents, in Negros Oriental.

But Police Lieutenant Colonel Maria Theresa Macatangay, information officer of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), defended Sinas, saying that helped in addressing crimes since he became the director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) in 2018 and as the chief of the Philippine National Police in 2020.

“Probably those that will fear him are those ones nga mga kriminal na ba? Mga gahig ulo. I think they should fear the law enforcement sector because we will really run after them. It’s not about sir Debold Sinas, it’s about them knowingly committing the crime,” Macatangay said.

On July 4, Monday, Rama introduced Sinas during the city’s flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.

Sinas gladly accepted the offer of Rama for him to become part of the mayor’s management team as a member of the City Advisory Board that oversees peace and order concerns in the reputed Queen City of the South. (ai/mtvn)

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