By Macon Araneta

Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa last November 8 considered a good choice the appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte of controversial  Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas as the new head of the Philippine National Police.

“He has a proven track record. Nobody is perfect in this world,” he said.

Dela Rosa, who served as PNP chief, advised Sinas to continue the internal cleansing program and sustain the gains of PNP’s anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaign.

“Congratulations and good luck! May the force be with you!” said Dela Rosa. 

Barring any controversy that Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas got entangled with in the past, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he is a good choice. “I’ve known him as a performer, always mission-oriented and undoubtedly will lead the police institution the way it should be led,” said Lacson.

He also said, ”I hope he has learned from (the birthday mañanita event) and surely remember it when confronted by  decisions affecting the PNP, as well as his personal reputation.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros said, “While Debold Sinas was my late husband’s underclassman and an old friend, unfortunately, the poor manner in which the PNP has acted on the waves of violence, as well as minimized the risks of the coronavirus pandemic under his previous commands, betrays his level of competence for this new role.”

 Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said, “It’s not a surprise that an ally involved in (controversial) cases and corruption is not being punished. Instead, he is being  condoned or even promoted.”