By Aaron Recuenco
Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), saw nothing wrong with bringing with him at least 143 Central Visayas policemen when he was assigned to head the Metro Manila police force.
The former Centras Visayas regional director said the deployment of his personnel in Metro Manila was a normal course of transfer that will not trigger demoralization within the ranks of NCRPO personnel.
“I trust them (NCRPO personnel). It’s unfair to say that I don’t trust them. It’s just a normal course of transfer,” said Sinas in an interview over CNN Philippine’s The Source.
The Manila Bulletin earlier reported that 33 Police Commissioned Officers and 110 Police Non-Commissioned Officers were suddenly assigned in Metro Manila after Sinas was appointed as NCRPO chief.
The one-time, big-time reassignment order has reportedly triggered fears among NCRPO unit commanders and personnel that their current positions will be vacated in favor of Sinas’ men.
Sinas confirmed that he had, indeed, re-assigned 143 policemen from Central Visayas to NCRPO, adding that some of those policemen were from Metro Manila and nearby areas who wanted to join him in his new assignment.
“Some of them wanted to join me. Okay it was approved. There is nothing special on it,” said Sinas.
While admitting that there were NCRPO personnel who were re-assigned to give way to the Central Visayas policemen, Sinas said the positions given to the newcomers were not the juicy ones.
“I only appointed one staff as the intelligence officer. I never changed the District Directors, the station commanders, the precinct commanders. There is no movement,” he stressed.
Sinas assured that there will be no demoralization since he regularly talks to his men to explain his policy, as well as the instructions from the PNP leadership currently headed by PNP Officer-In-Charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa.
Some officers earlier interviewed by the Manila Bulletin said it was normal that senior officers would bring with them such a huge number of personnel from his previous post to a new assignment.
Sinas, however, said it already happened in the past through some senior officers. But he did not identify them.