President Duterte may have inadvertently dropped his stance on the phrase ‘the law is the law’ – the go-to script of his staunch defenders when discussing political issues.
The Philippines’ top man initially revealed his decision to retain NCRPO Chief Debold Sinas, despite the public outrage and criminal charges that the latter is facing for his birthday mañanita. Similar to PNP Chief Archie Gamboa, Duterte stressed the importance of Sinas and his position.
‘Pinag-aralan ko yung merits and demerits. Kailangan ko yung tao. Mas kailangan ko yung tao as trabaho niya’. said Duterte.
‘They’re all competent [referring to other police officials]. But you know, seniority. It’s his time to be there. I do not believe in just firing him because kinantahan siya ng happy birthday’.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night said embattled Metro Manila police chief Major Gen. Debold Sinas will stay in his post amid fierce criticisms over the alleged quarantine protocols breach during his birthday celebration.
Posted by INQUIRER.net on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The president also seemed to relieve Sinas of any accountability for the issue, claiming several times that Sinas is actually an ‘honest’ man.
‘He is a good officer. He is an honest one. Hind niya kasalanan if meron magharana sa kanya sa birthday niya’.
‘I’m sure if alam ni Sinas, Hindi siya pumayag. Eh kung nandyan narin…mañanita nga’, said Duterte later in the presser. Sinas previously said he saw nothing wrong with the party, adding that it would be ‘ungentlemanly’ of him to turn away his guests.
And as for the term ‘the law is the law’, which critics have adopted to denounce the seemingly preferential treatment of his allies, Duterte simply replied: ‘Well… akin na ‘yon’ (that’s up to me). That’s my responsibility’.