19 police officers, staff pinned for violations of quarantine protocols in NCRPO chief’s birthday bash

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020   •   501

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has identified violations of quarantine protocols by some police officers and staff of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) during the controversial birthday celebration of MGen. Debold Sinas on May 8.

According to IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo, the 19 NCRPO officers and staff include one major general, six brigadier generals, seven colonels, one lieutenant colonel, two police majors and two police corporals.

Violations na nakita ninyo rin — social gathering, walang face masks, (social) distancing [The same violations that you identified — social gathering, non wearing of face masks, social distancing],” said Triambulo.

“Pictures speak a thousand words,” he added.

The IAS Chief said all concerned may face multiple administrative and criminal charges for the said violations.

Iyong ordinansa ng Taguig na non-wearing of face mask. Sa admin, iyong EO 112 ni PRRD na in-adopt yung sa resolution ng Task Force. Tapos iyong NAPOLCOM circular, iyong mga willful violation na hindi pagsunod, mga neglect [A charge for violation of the Taguig ordinance on non-wearing of face mask, an administrative charge for violation of PRRD’s EO 112 that was adopted in the Task Force’s resolution, then the willful violation of the NAPOLCOM circular, disobedience and neglect],” Triambulo added.

Atty. Triambulo confirmed, however, that the picture which showed beer bottles on the table was an old one.

Meanwhile, PNP Spokesperson PBgen. Bernard Banac clarified that as of press time, Sinas remains as the NCRPO Chief contrary to earlier reports on social media that the NCRPO has appointed a new director.

“Sa ngayon ay walang movement sa mga top officials ng NCRPO [For now, there is no movement among top officials of the NCRPO],” Banac said.

Several pictures went viral on social media which showed officers and staff of NCRPO in a social gathering in what was confirmed as a surprise birthday party for MGen. Sinas.

The pictures drew mounting criticisms from netizens citing the groups’ violation against government protocols on social distancing which have been strictly imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Ecleo also tagged in death of slain wife’s relatives—NCRPO

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2020

Former lawmaker Ruben Ecleo Jr., who was arrested on Thursday (July 30), is also believed to have been involved in the murder of his slain wife’s relatives, according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas said they received information that aside from being the tagged in the murder of his wife, Alona Bacolod Ecleo, Ecleo may also be involved in the murder of the father, mother, and siblings of his wife in 2002.

May kinalaman siya but the case was not filed unlike iyong sa asawa niya. But everybody knows doon sa Cebu, na siya ang prime suspect (He is involved but the case was not filed unlike in the case of his wife. But everybody in Cebu knows he is the prime suspect),” he said.

However, Ecleo has denied the allegation.

Wala. Hindi po, hindi ko alam po, (No, I do not know anything),” he said.

Ecleo was arrested in Pampanga on Thursday and is charged with parricide for the murder of his wife in January 2002. He is also facing graft charges for an anomalous project when he was still the mayor of San Jose, Surigao Del Norte. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO seizes shabu worth P81.6-M in Taguig City

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded one of the biggest amounts of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “shabu”, confiscated by local police during an anti-illegal drug operation on Friday night, May 22, along C6 Road in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

The combined anti-illegal drug efforts of the Regional Intelligence Division/Regional Special Operations Unit- NCRPO, Regional Drug Enforcement Agency, District Intelligence Division- Southern Police District and Taguig City Police Station together with Philippine National Police- Drug Enforcement Group Special Operations Unit 4, all under the leadership of PMGen. Debold Sinas resulted in an armed encounter against the two (2) armed suspects.

The NCRPO chief identified the suspects as Ryan Labandaria and Ervyn Querubin.

The arrest was made through a buy-bust operation wherein a police operative acted as a poseur buyer.

The suspects, however, noticed that they were dealing with the police and a scuffle ensued. The suspects then fled the scene on board a black Nissan Navarra with the police on their tail.

The police said the suspects were subsequently apprehended and the operatives yielded twelve (12) large packs of dangerous drugs wrapped in Chinese Tea Bag packaging with an estimated weight of more or less 12 Kilograms of suspected shabu, and with an estimated DDB Value of Php 81.6-million.

Aside from the drugs, the police were also able to confiscate the following:

  • one .45 caliber pistol with one magazine loaded with six (6) live ammunitions;
  • one KG9 sub machine gun with one live ammunition for chamber load inserted with banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions; and,
  • one extra banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions

Police said an ambulance was called to bring the wounded suspects to hospital for medical treatment.

All evidence had also been brought to the RSOG-NCRPO for safekeeping, while the illegal drugs will be submitted to the Crime lab for examination.

Sinas, meanwhile, commended the operating teams for what the chief called a remarkable accomplishment of Team NCRPO’s war against illegal drugs.

“This accomplishment is reflective of Team NCRPO’s dedication and unwavering support of the marching order of the President and the Chief, PNP to cleanse the Metro from proliferation of illegal drugs,” Sinas said.

“With the largest amount of shabu busted by Team NCRPO so far this year, we have also minimized its possibility of destroying the lives and future of our fellowmen,” he added. — /mbmf

Duterte keeps ‘honest’ Sinas amid birthday controversy

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2020

NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has finally spoken regarding the controversy involving his appointee, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief MGen. Debold Sinas.

Sinas is in hot water for violation of quarantine protocols during a mañanita or a surprise celebration that his staff set up for his birthday.

But the Chief Executive said he will not order Sinas relieved as he vouched for his credibility describing him as ‘honest’ and ‘good.’

Ako ang ayaw na malipat siya [I personally do not want to relieve him.] He is a good officer,” the President said during a meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 on Tuesday night (May 19). 

“He is an honest one and hindi niya kasalanan kung may mangharana sa kaniya sa birthday niya [it is not his fault if people serenaded him on his birthday],” he added in defense of Sinas. 

The President defended himself for siding with Sinas despite mounting criticisms against the NCRPO director. 

Kailangan ko iyong tao. Mas kailangan ko yung tao dito sa trabaho niya, [I need him. I need him for the position],” the President argued.

I do not believe in firing him because kinantahan siya ng happy birthday, [I do not believe in firing him just because he was serenaded with ‘Happy Birthday’],” he added.

He said he made sure to weigh his decision and he has decided to keep Sinas.

Sabihin mong the law is the law, akin na yun. [You may say that the law is law, but that is on me]. It’s my responsibility. I will not order his transfer, he stays there,” the President concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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