My heart goes out to President Digong who has retained MGen. DeboldSinas as chief of the National Capital Region Police Office. Sinas violated quarantine rules, mandatory physical distancing and the law against mass gathering when he held a birthday party two weeks ago, which was attended by his subordinates at the police camp in Bicutan, Taguig City.
SINCE the ABS-CBN Corp. will not be reopening anytime soon, why doesn’t the government take over the network to give the public a choice over what to listen to in news on the pandemic and save the network’s 11,000 talents and employees from going jobless?
The President made the judgment call as commander in chief of the armed services — the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
I know Digong well enough to know that he’s bullheaded when it comes to defending his subordinates from criticism from the public.
I’m reminded of my father, Ramon S. Tulfo, who defended his subordinates who committed wrongdoing while performing their duties.
Philippine Constabulary Colonel Tulfo would take the hit for his men who went astray in following his orders.
The supreme test of my father’s loyalty to his men came when he retired from the service prematurely to deflect flak from his subordinates who obeyed his order to raid an office of another law enforcement agency.
But Sinas was not following orders from the President when he violated the law; he did it for his own benefit and convenience.
Now, if there is a teeny-weeny bit of delicadeza (propriety) left in him, Sinas should take a leave for a while to save the President from intense criticism on his account.
Kapalnaman ng mukhamo, ‘pre (You’re thick-faced, my friend)!
By Ramon T. Tulfo
May 23, 2020