Major Gen. Debold Sinas was last week appointed as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), vice Gen. Camilo Cascolan who had reached the mandatory retirement age.
Sinas’ term was effective November 10.
“Tinalaga ni Pangulong Duterte si Debold Sinas bilang bagong PNP chief,” Sec. Harry Roque said in an online briefing.
Cascolan’s stint in Camp Crame was the shortest in the history of the PNP. Though he admitted in a TV interview that he wished he had more time, but said he was bowing to the will of the President.
Prior to his designation, Sinas, whose name reportedly wasn’t on the shortlist submitted by Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano to Malacanang, was the commander of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) which has jurisdiction over Metro Manila.
He belongs to the Philippine Military Academy’s Hinirang Class of ’87.
Replacing him as NCRPO director is B/Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. who was assigned at the Calabarzon police office.
Sinas’ main rival for the post was his PMA classmate, the media darling Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.