GENERAL Debold M. Sinas on Tuesday took over as the 25th chief of the Philippine National Police doing away with the tradition of laying out his agenda but coming up with a solemn vow to truly ‘walk the talk’ in pursuing reforms in the force and winning the war on drugs, criminality, terror and corruption.
“As the newly installed chief of the PNP, today, I will do away with the tradition of laying down an agenda as Chief, PNP but instead, I would like to manifest my intention to pursue the new narrative of the PNP that has been written and set by my predecessors that requires continuity— I will build on their strengths and successes. Aligned with the established PNP thrusts, missions and objectives, also with intent to write a new chapter through new and continuing initiatives in response to the challenge that may come along during my stint as the Chief, PNP,” the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 said.
Gen. Sinas said he expects all men and women of the police force to solidly ‘volt-in’ with him in his aspiration to perform their mandate and uphold the rule of law.
“Kung hindi kayo makiki-volt-in, si Voltes V na mismo ang mag-eevict sa inyo,” he said in referring to the famous Japanese cartoon whose theme song he turned into an anthem in his assignments.
“Lagi nating tatandaan ang ating sinumpaang tungkulin bilang tagapagpatupad ng batas. Simple lang ang gusto ko bilang ama ng ating organisasyon. We should walk the talk in the PNP. Magtrabaho tayo ayon sa ating mandato tungo sa ligtas at matahimik na pamayanan,” he said.
Focus on President Duterte’s commitment to country
Gen. Sinas said that under his stewardship, the PNP will focus on sustaining and enhancing President Duterte’s commitment to eradicate illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism, illegal gambling and other criminal acts.
“We will continue the effective programs and approaches to these problems that already brought positive outcomes and feedback from our communities,” he said.
The new top cop said that to effectively and efficiently achieve their goal, they will continue to optimize the utilization of resources thru fiscal reforms such as but not limited to the downloading of funds to PNP offices/units thru a systematic and transparent procurement and ensure optimal utilization thru religious audit on downloaded funds.
Second, he assured that they will diligently execute all existing PNP policies including the established PNP narrative to provide an effective and efficient public service.
War on drugs, illegal gambling
The PNP chief ordered the revitalization of the different PNP drug enforcement units to focus their operations against ‘high-value targets/individuals’ and in the identification and neutralization of the remaining ‘ninja and narco-cops’ including their associates.
“Drug enforcement units will be manned by personnel with no reported or suspected involvement with illegal drugs to ensure its integrity. Likewise, replacement of personnel currently assigned in all Drug Enforcement Units with appropriately vetted policemen will be enforced,” he said.
“We will also fortify the competency of police operatives on the anti-drug war by equipping them with the right knowledge and skills thru training and equipment,” he said.
Gen. Sinas also vowed to further strengthen the PNP disciplinary mechanism and penalize all erring police personnel. “We will continue to enforce religiously and honestly the ‘No-Take Policy’ on illegal funds from drug lords, gambling lords and other illegal sources of funds,” he said.
As implemented by his predecessors, the PNP chief said he will also ensure that policemen won’t be allowed to play golf during office hours and to strictly observe and comply with the presidential directive banning their presence in casinos and other places of ill-refute.
“Any member of the PNP who will be involved in corrupt practices will not be tolerated and will be investigated and dismissed immediately from the police service if found guilty under the PNP disciplinary mechanism or in the proper court of law,” he said.
Equally important, he added, is the strict observance of discipline inside police camps and stations. “Administrative cases will be resolved properly and penalties will be implemented immediately in order to remove the inept, corrupt and undisciplined personnel in the police service,” Gen. Sinas said.
The PNP Officers’ Corps and rank-and-file hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Gen. Sinas as the 25th PNP chief.
Sinas will be having a Command Group composed of his mistahs from PMA Class 1987: PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar; PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag; and PNP Chief Directorial Staff, incoming Lt. Gen. Joselito M. Vera Cruz.
The 55-year old Sinas was the Police Regional Office 7 director in Central Visayas before being designated as National Capital Region Police Office director in October last year.
He also served for two years as Secretary of Directorial Staff at the National Headquarters and also briefly commanded the PNP Crime Laboratory in 2018.
He also served with the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Intelligence Group and the Police Regional Offices 12, 9, 3 and Cordillera region in various capacities from 2003 to 2017.
Now retired PNP chief, Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan urged the men and women of the PNP to rally behind the leadership of Gen. Sinas.
“General Sinas needs all the support and strong commitment of the PNP Officer Corps and rank-and-file for him to effectively discharge his duties and functions as Chief PNP,” Gen. Cascolan said.
“In a dynamic organization like the PNP, only the players are changed, but the strategic vision remains constant and endures until the end game in year 2030 when we shall have completed our journey to complete organizational development and service excellence,” the outgoing PNP chief said.
Gen. Cascolan said that Gen. Sinas brings with him a sterling track record in administrative management with vast experience in police operations, and a well-rounded career pattern in all his command, staff and training assignments in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila.
Cascolan is confident with Sinas’ command management of the PNP to sustain the momentum of the four-pronged national campaign against crime, illegal drugs, terrorism and corruption.