By Ellson Quismorio
Ang Probinsyano Party-List Rep. Ronnie Ong blasted on Sunday newly-installed National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Officer-in-charge Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas for his supposed anti-free press policies.
According to Ong, one of Sinas’s first directives was to force journalists covering the NCRPO beat to vacate the press office that had been allotted to them for nearly three decades.
The neophyte solon said that apart from dissolving the NCRPO media center, Sinas has also prohibited media members from conducting official business inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, the headquarters of the regional police force.
Moreover, Ong questioned Sinas’s alleged downplaying of the failed attempt of 16 NCRPO police officers assigned at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) to sneak in illegal contraband inside the penal facility.
“General Sinas is an embarassment to the police leadership and should be removed right away. Instead of immediately castigating the policemen involved in this caper, he is even trying to downplay their misdeeds,” the congressman claimed.
In this regard, Ong asked Philippine National Police (PNP) Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa to shun away from the “bata-bata” system in making appointments to key PNP posts, even as he insisted that his choice of Sinas for NCRPO head honcho was “obviously a big mistake,” pointing to his anti-media ways.
He reminded Gamboa that the media should be treated as partners in public service and not as adversaries.
Gamboa replaced erstwhile PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde, who resigned two weeks ahead of his retirement on November 8 after being implicated in the “ninja cops” controversy: