Senator Panfilo M. Lacson on Tuesday advised Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas to prove his critics wrong when he was appointed as the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.
Lacson, chairman of the Senate National Defense Committee, revealed that critics hit his appointment as PNP chief on November 15, 1999 during the Estrada administration.
‘’It was a tough challenge I swore to hurdle if only to prove my critics wrong,’’ he said.
‘’I hope CPNP (Chief, PNP) Debold Sinas thinks exactly the same,’’ he added.
Opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’ N. Pangilinan had earlier expressed his disappointment over the appointment by Malacanang of Sinas as new PNP chief.
‘’With all due respect, hindi na sorpresa na ang mga kakampi o kaalyado na nasasangkot sa mga kaso o katiwalian ay hindi pinaparasuhan,’’ Pangilinan said. (It is no longer a surprise that those appointed are the administration’s ally or confederate involved in cases of corruption.)
Sinas was criticized for having held his 55th birthday party, called mananita, without face masks and social distancing last May in clear violation of quarantine rules.
He is due to retire upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 in May, 2021.