By Argyll Geducos
Malacañang has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to investigate the so-called “mañanita” of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas for violating the COVID-19 protocols, particularly on mass gatherings.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the announcement following the public outburst against Metro Manila’s top cop, saying authorities are turning a blind eye despite repeatedly insisting that “no one is above the law.”
In his Thursday presser, Roque said assured the public that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has ordered the investigation and that the results be forwarded to his office.
“Inatasan na po niya ang IAS–Internal Affairs Services–ng PNP na mag-conduct ng imbestigasyon at i-forward sa kanyang tanggapan na mismo kung ano ang resulta ng imbestigasyon (He ordered the PNP-IAS to probe the incident and immediately forward to him the result of their investigation),” he said.
However, the Palace official asked the public to wait for PNP to finish its investigation before asking for the heads of those involved.
“Hayaan muna nating umusad ang imbestigasyon bago natin pag-usapan ang mga parusa (Let’s allow the investigation to take its course before we talk about the punishment),” he said.
Meanwhile, Roque urged the public to report to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) the local officials or law enforcers who are violating the quarantine protocols.
Roque made the statement after Santo Tomas, Pangasinan Mayor Timoteo Villar III celebrated his birthday with a huge crowd on May 6. Videos uploaded by his son, Town councilor Dickerson Villar, showed that some local government officials were present during the celebration.
Santo Tomas police chief Peter Paul Sison was also seen handing the cake to the celebrant in the first video. The younger Villar, on the other hand, was overheard acknowledging that they have violated rules on curfew, mass gatherings, and physical distancing.
In his presser, Roque told the public to report to the DILG and assured them that their complaints will be acted upon, saying the government is serious in implementing the quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Iparating niyo po sa DILG dahil ang DILG naman ang mag-i-imbestiga kung ang mga nirereklamo ay mga lokal na opisyales (Report to the DILG because it is the one who will investigate local officials),” he said.
“Aaktuhan po ‘yan dahil seryoso po tayo. Quarantine po, ‘yan lang ang pamamaraan para mapabagal ang pagkalat ng sakit (We will act on it because we are serious. Quarantine is the only solution to arrest the spread of the disease) and of course, we will lead by example,” he added.