Last May 8, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) organized a birthday celebration for NCRPO Chief Major General Debold Sinas in Camp Bagong Diwa. The NCRPO PIO shared photos of the celebration on their Facebook page but later on took down the post.
Following backlash from the public for holding a gathering with enhanced community quarantine in effect, Major General Sinas issued a statement on the celebration.
“May 8 is the day when God aggrandize[d] his love for me and my family for it is the day when I was born,” the statement begins. “That day, I was blessed and honored that another year ha[d] been added to my life.”
He continues: “Overjoyed as a birthday celebrant, I was caught up with a traditional Mañanita spontaneously conducted by some of my officers and men [of] their own volition. In all actuality, my accommodation to them was done with all cautiousness because I am fully aware of the Anti COVID measures being implemented by the government. They were told to observe social distancing and other precautionary health measures. They were also told not to linger and prepare for the simultaneous relief distribution NCR-wide that day.”
“Some of the pictures circulating in the [sic] social media were edited and grabbed from old posts. The pictures may depict itself however it does not define the totality of what really had [sic] happened,” he explains.
“Nevertheless, I apologize for what transpired during my birthday that caused anxiety to the public. It was never my intention to disobey any existing protocols relative to the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine.”
“Rest assured that the NCRPO remains its [sic] adherence to the words and guidance of our President and the Chief, PNP,” he concludes.
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