- Major General Debold Sinas will be facing criminal charges after gathering policemen during his mañanita
- Those who were with Sinas during the controversial gathering will also be facing similar charges
- Roque stated that since Sinas was a presidential appointee a clearance from the Office of the President is needed before charges can be filed against him
- Sinas and the other "mañanita" police officers were criticized after photos were posted by the NCRPO-PIO on its Facebook page
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Metro Manila's Chief of Police Major General Debold Sinas will be facing criminal charges for the much-criticized "mañanita" birthday celebration that he had amid the enhanced community quarantine.
KAMI learned that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed this, and he also mentioned that it is not only Sinas who will be facing charges, but also the other policemen who were with him during the event.
“Per my latest conversation with Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa, a criminal case is now being readied to be filed tomorrow against NCRPO Chief Debold Sinas, along with other senior police officials who attended the gathering," said Roque.
Inquirer revealed that the PNP is getting clearance from the Office of the President to be able to file charges against Sinas because he's a third level officer and a presidential appointee.
Because of this, a clearance is needed before administrative charges could be filed against him.
As per ABS-CBN, the Bayanihan Act provides that a violation of social distancing rules will be penalized with up to two months imprisonment. The attendant fine is from P10,000 up to P1million.
According to CNN, Sinas already apologized but he said that he found nothing wrong with the mañanita because health measures and proper social distancing were followed.
In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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