Friday, May 15, 2020

PNP files criminal, admin raps vs Sinas, 18 cops over birthday party

Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas and 18 other cops are accused of failing to wear face masks and breaking physical distancing rules during his May 8 birthday party
COMPLAINT. Internal Affairs Service Police Brigadier General Israel Baltazar and Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo complaints at the Taguig City Prosecutor office against NCRPO chief Debold Sinas and attendees of his birthday celebration.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed criminal cases against Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas and 18 other cops for celebrating a birthday party and violating quarantine rules under a coronavirus lockdown.
The PNP filed the criminal case with the Taguig Prosecutor's Office on Friday afternoon, May 15, accusing them of violating Taguig City Ordinance No. 12-2020, which requires the wearing of face masks and the enforcement of physical distancing.
They were also accused of violating Republic Act No. 1132, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
Because they were seen in the party, the following police officials – including top officials of the Metro Manila police command and the PNP's own human rights chief – were also included as respondents in the complaint:
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan - Deputy Chief for Administration
Brigadier General Florendo Quibuyen - Deputy Chief for Operations
Brigadier General Florencio Ortilla - Chief Regional Staff
Brigadier General Gerry Galvan - Chief, Regional Internal Affairs Service
Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana - Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office
Colonel Eliseo Tanding - Chief, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division
Colonel Remus Medina - Chief, Regional Intelligence Division
Colonel Emmanuel Peralta - Chief, Southern Police District
Colonel Ferdinand Ortega - Chief, Valenzuela City Police
Colonel Manuel Abrugena
Colonel Tomas Frias
Colonel Rodel Pastor
Colonel Raul Tacaca
Lieutenant Colonel Orlando Carag, Jr
Major Epream Paguyod
Major Britz Sales
Corporal Abdumer Bakli
Corporal Bernie Lazaga
In a separate memorandum by the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, IAS chief Alfegar Triambulo said Sinas' birthday celebration constituted administrative offenses of "less grave neglect of duty" and "less grave misconduct."
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To recall, Sinas was surprised with a party by NCRPO cops on his 55th birthday on Friday, May 8, drawing public outrage. He apologized for the party but later still insisted there was "nothing wrong" with the celebration.