MANILA -- A police general who drew flak for hosting a "mananita" or birthday party at the height of the lockdown could be promoted to the next highest rank, his boss said Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas has to be evaluated properly, said the Philippine National Police Chief, Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan. "The guy deserves also an evaluation and of course, a promotion, too," Cascolan said.
Cascolan said he was considering recomending Sinas' promotion to three-star general (lieutenant general) along with several other two-star generals. Promotions are routine in the police and military as officials grow older and assume higher positions.
A two-star general like Sinas, for example, needs to get promoted to three stars to be able to serve as Deputy PNP Chief or one of several deputies to the PNP Chief, which is Cascolan in this case.
For context, Cascolan mentioned Sinas in an interview on Headstart when he was asked about promotions in the police force. Sinas is among those being considered.
Sinas has apologized for holding the mananita and claimed some of the photos were edited. The photos went viral after they were posted on the Facebook page of his own command, the National Capital Region Police Office.
Critics have pounced on the incident and called for equal implementation of quarantine rules.
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