The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) on Wednesday said it is now probing the purported “7-point guidance and instructions” of newly appointed chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, that was circulated on social media and has caused confusion among police personnel and civilians.
PNP spokesperson, Col. Ysmael Yu, said the Office of the Chief of Directorial Staff has denied that such guidance and directives were issued by Sinas, except for those mentioned during the change of command ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.
“The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group has been directed to conduct an investigation to identify the source and authors of this disinformation and render a report immediately,” Yu said in a statement.
Sinas, in a chance interview with reporters at the National Capital Region Police Office in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, said he will continue to implement the existing policies and guidelines of his predecessors.
“I am not fond of three-point agenda, six-point agenda, three-point agenda. I would just continue our existing policies because when we make an agenda, all those things are covered. What is needed is to implement existing policies and we have a lot of that,” he told reporters.
Sinas added that he would continue the PNP’s best practices.
“It does not mean that since I already assumed, I would change everything. If something is good, we would continue that. If we have no policy, then we make one. Simple as that,” he said, adding that he does not like changing directives just for these to be identified with him.
Sinas assured PNP units of optimized utilization of resources by downloading funds to the lowest police units as a key feature of a fiscal reform program that he vowed to put into action, along with the 85 percent patrol and 15-percent administrative deployment scheme of personnel to maximize police visibility as a deterrent to crime.
Sinas also made known his priority program to lead the PNP in the national campaign to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the national crusade against crime, illegal drugs, corruption and terrorism.
To put emphasis to discipline in all PNP camps and stations, Sinas reiterated outstanding command policies that prohibit golf games by PNP personnel during working hours, and ban on police personnel from gambling establishments and similar places.
A system of “reward and punishment” will be the guiding standard for discipline in the organization, he said.He also outlined his action program for PNP coronavirus disease 2019 resiliency by ordering the establishment of health units and care facilities in all PNP line units and stronger emphasis on Community-Oriented Policing as an active response to the health crisis. SOVEREIGNPH