MANY see in the appointment of B/Gen. Debold M. Sinas to the premier post of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as timely considering the continued involvement of lawmen in nefarious activities and the unfinished war against the illegal drug menace.
In fact, reports said that even President Duterte could not hide his displeasure over the unfortunate events that have rocked the country’s national police agency over the past few weeks.
A general who attended last Tuesday’s joint PNP-Armed Forces command conference at Malacanang said “the President seemed to be really unhappy with the developments in the PNP.”
In the view of many, including the millions of Filipinos who still trust the men and women in uniform, the scenario has now a new twist, with the assumption of Sinas as NCRPO director.
After assuming office, Sinas said “we will walk the talk,” issuing a series of directives which called on his men to pursue the drive against illegal drugs, criminality and rogues in uniform.
“The anti-illegal drug operations will remain in focus with the strengthening and revitalization of units involved in law enforcement and apprehension of high-value targets,” said the NCRPO chief.
At the time of his appointment as NCRPO head, Sinas was Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director in Central Visayas. He replaced M/Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, who was named the new PNP Chief Directorial Staff.
He also vowed to enforce a “No Take Policy” in the NCRPO, the PNP’s premier regional office, and banned his personnel from playing golf during weekdays, drawing cheers from the public.
And his many fans and supporters, including the ordinary citizens and members of the Fourth Estate, do not see Sinas, a known disciplinarian, sacrificing principle at the expense of convenience.
Criminals, like drug pushers and “kotong” cops, ought to be wary because Sinas is determined to leave no stone unturned in his gigantic task of maintaining peace and order in the metropolis.