MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former national police chief Debold Sinas as secretary of state, who made headlines last year for a mañanita allegedly violating COVID-19 protocols, Malacañang said on Saturday. Before running the national police force, dozens of senior officials celebrated Sinas’ birthday at a pre-dawn serenade or mañanita that allegedly defied strict coronavirus lockdown rules in 2020.

Human rights groups also have the track record Questioned by Sinas, which included the spate of unsolved murders in Central Visayas in 2019 while he was the area’s chief of police.

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