Whichever way one looks at it, NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas set a bad example in committing what he did during his birthday “mañanita” or whatever he wants to call it. As a result, he has been bashed, criticized and pilloried both on social and mainstream media for the incident, even as he has since apologized and regretted his indiscretion.
Certainly, he should get the punishment he deserves even as the appropriate authorities are already investigating him.
However, we may also want to take into consideration his long law-enforcement service to the country and the Filipino people, and his present efforts in supervising the checkpoints all over Metro Manila to make us safe from the coronavirus threat.
Hindi tamang kondenahin at agad na batikusin ang mga pulis na humuli sa tatlong abogado na naabutan ng mga ito sa loob ng nilusob na bar na pinaghihinalaang ginagawang lugar para sa transaksiyon sa mga ipinagbabawal na gamot sa Makati City.
Ito ang naging mensahe ni Senador at Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs Chairman Panfilo Lacson sa mga nauna nang nagbigay ng kanilang opinyon, bago maglabasan ang ilang video sa naturang pangyayari.
Sa mga video kasi na naglabasan, makikitang natameme ang tatlong abogado na nasa loob ng bar, bagama’t tumangging ibigay ang mga pangalan, nang tanungin ng isa sa mga miyembro ng raiding team kung sino ang ikinakatawan ng mga ito.
Do not be too quick to condemn the Philippine National Police (PNP) over the arrest of three lawyers following an anti-drug operation at a bar in Makati City last week.
On this note, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said the public should at least see the side of the PNP’s National Capital Region Police Office on the incident before judging.
“Let us not be too hasty or harsh in condemning the NCRPO, without getting their side of the story. There is such a thing as presumption of regularity,” said Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001.
He noted videos taken of the raid at the Makati City bar showed that the NCRPO officers asked the lawyers who they were representing, and arrested them after they could not give clear answers.