PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday defended National Capital Region Police Office director Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas from charges he is “anti-press” and noted that the latter is making institutional changes which will be for the good of the public and the NCRPO officers and men as well.
Gamboa said that he was told that Sinas wanted to use the NCRPO Press Office located at the 2nd floor of the Quezon City Police District Station 10 in Kamuning, Quezon City as a place where he could regularly meet his men and discuss their security preparations for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and the forthcoming SEA Games where the NCRPO will be playing a key security role.
“Brig. Gen. Sinas did not dissolve the press corps. He even said he will find a new space for its members,” Gen. Gamboa said. The NCRPO Press Corps also has its office at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
Sinas has required all NCRPO chiefs of police to give details and other information being requested from them by the press. He also said he will hold a regular Monday and Friday press conference with all press corps in Metro Manila but would not allow phone patch or ambush interviews.
Gen. Gamboa also disputed allegations that he is engaged in a so-called ‘bata-bata’ system. “Wala naman siguro akong bata-bata. Lahat ng pulis bata ko. Isa pa, kalahati ng Regional Directors napalitan last week. Now, poinpoint a specific name and I will explain,” he said.