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Celebrities, netizens say Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas’s mañanita is proof that Duterte allies are above the law

Gaite says Sinas should be reprimanded for violating the law.

Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas trended on social media for all the wrong reasons.

The Manila police chief’s birthday celebration photos show violations of various quarantine guidelines. Social distancing was not observed as there was a mass gathering. Bottles of liquor were also seen.

Sinas apologized for “causing anxiety to the public”.

“It was never my intention to disobey existing protocols relative to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine,” Sinas said in a statement.

The public knows that nothing will come out of this since Sinas is an ally of the current administration.

K Brosas agrees with Gretchen Ho’s tweet about the law being discriminatory.

Singer Bituin Escalante think it’s hypocritical for authorities to break ECQ rules when they advocate for it.

Had Sinas’s birthday not created an outrage then an investigation wouldn’t even happen in the first place.

Duterte’s allies might actually be above the law based on previous similar events.

The PNP Chief saying Sinas did not violate any rules is just absurd to Jodi Santamaria.

Gabbi Garcia seems disgusted with Sinas and the preferential treatment he was getting.

This was truly unacceptable especially taking into account when veteran Winston Ragos was shot and killed for allegedly violating ECQ guidelines while someone like Mocha Uson who violated the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act twice is just now getting reprimanded.

People believe Sinas will not be facing any kind of punishment since he is clearly a Duterte ally.

Another reason for the backlash was the obvious violation of the liquor ban as seen in the photos.

The DDS are saying the photos were edited to implicate Sinas.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Ferdinand Gaite thinks Sinas is not really sorry as he really enjoyed the party, based on the photos.

“Sinas who is a senior official and the center of the celebration could have told everyone to end the party right then and there simply out of delicadeza. But he evidently enjoyed the attention and cheered it on,” Gaite said in a statement on Wednesday.

“There were also photos circulating showing that they were drinking alcohol while everyone is aware of the liquor ban. Sinas can try hard to dismiss the other photos, but those that were posted in Facebook by the PNP PIO already reveal a lot,” he added.

Sinas tried to rationalize his actions.

“Overjoyed as a birthday celebrant, I was caught up with a traditional Mañanita spontaneously conducted by some of my officers and men in their own volition. In all actuality, my accommodation to them was done with all cautiousness because I am fully aware of the Anti Covid measures being implemented by the government,” Sinas said.

Gaite says Sinas should be reprimanded for violating the law.

“We hope the investigation into the now infamous ‘mañanita’ would not be about clearing Gen. Debold Sinas like the investigation that cleared him of responsibility for the murder of 14 farmers when he was head of Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Visayas,” Gaite said, referring to the killing of 14 farmers during an anti-loose firearm operation last March 2019.

“We have seen this before, so we will be vigilant. The photos clearly show that there were violations of quarantine protocols regarding prohibition of mass gatherings, mandatory use of face masks, social distancing, among others, as it would be very hard for them to say otherwise,” he added.

Written by Gianni Russo

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