New PNP Chief Sinas vows to sustain anti-drug drive

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Newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas has vowed to sustain the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality.

“We will focus on sustaining and enhancing the President’s commitment to the eradication of illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism, illegal gambling, and other criminalities,” Sinas said in his inaugural speech in rites held at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

Sinas goes on record as the 25th PNP chief. He took over from now retired Gen. Camilo Cascolan, the first Beta Sigma Fraternity member to become PNP Director General and who led the PNP for a little over two months.

Sinas said their drug enforcement units will be revitalized so they can focus attention in pursuing high-value targets and policemen who are involved in the illegal drugs trade.

He said drug enforcement units will be manned by personnel “with no reported or suspected involvement in illegal drugs” to ensure integrity while personnel with bad records will be replaced.

“Administrative cases will be resolved properly and immediately and penalty will be implemented to remove corrupt and undisciplined personnel in the police service,” he said.

Sinas promised to “fortify the competency” of police operatives working in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs by equipping them “with the right knowledge, skills through training, and equipment”.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has looked into Sinas’ track record and contribution to the administration’s aggressive anti-illegal drugs campaign before appointing him as new PNP chief.

Roque said Duterte’s marching order to Sinas is to continue the government’s campaign against illegal drugs and ensure the country is a safe place to live in.

Sinas also said all police personnel are directed not to play golf during office hours and should adhere to the standing directive of Duterte against going to gambling places or casinos.

“Any member of the PNP who will be involved in corrupt practices will not be tolerated and will be immediately investigated and dismissed from the police service if found guilty under the PNP disciplinary mechanism or in the proper court of law,” he stressed.

Sinas said police visibility will likewise be improved, and 85% of policemen should be deployed in the streets, while only 15% will be on headquarters and administrative duty. Police personnel should “walk the talk” when upholding the rule of law, he added.

Sinas, who hails from Butuan City, is a member of the 1987 Hinirang Class of the Philippine Military Academy. Before his stint as Metro Manila police chief in October 2019, he served as director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO 7), deputy regional director for administration of the PRO 12 (Soccsksargen), and director of the PNP Crime Laboratory.

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