Sinas complied with travel requirements -- MIMAROPA police chief

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) - The regional director of the MIMAROPA police on Sunday sought to dispel reports that the country's top cop was lax in following health and safety protocol during a visit to Oriental Mindoro, saying PBGen Debold Sinas more than complied with what was required.

Sinas came under fire after it was revealed that he did not undergo screening upon his arrival in Oriental Mindoro on March 11

In a statement, PBGen Pascual Muñoz Jr. said the only requirements needed to visit the province were online registration and a confirmation message.

"CPNP PGen Debold Sinas has both the online registration and the confirmation message even before he arrived at Calapan airport. By complying with the online registration, the City of Calapan was well informed of the impending visit and the receipt of the Confirmation message means that his travel was allowed. The Chief PNP may not be able to comply with the requirements of which he was not aware of. The set of requirements as published in the official website of City of Calapan as well as the Confirmation message he received do not indicate additional requirements other than the registration and the confirmation message," Muñoz said in the statement.

Despite having both requirements, Muñoz said Sinas went a step further and took an RT-PCR test on March 9, prior to the trip. The test yielded a negative result, which cleared the police chief for travel.

Another RT-PCR test on March 11 showed a positive test result and Sinas cut his trip short.

"He tried his very best to observe the highest safety standard possible even if he was legally allowed to exempt himself on some of the requirements based on the DILG Advisory... The Chief PNP adhered to health measures more than what is set when he visited the City of Calapan," Muñoz added.