No more Christmas parties for the Philippine National Police (PNP) this year.

PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas said Wednesday that the traditional Christmas parties are not permitted within the police force as part of the national government’s efforts to discourage celebrations during the holidays due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Sinas explained that people attending the Misa De Gallo, including those in Camp Crame, must be controlled. 

“The policy of the government is wala, mayroon na po kaming inilabas na direktiba na walang Christmas party. In fact sabi ko nga, ‘yung Misa De Gallo dapat controlled din,” Sinas said.

“Kung gusto ng mga simbahan natin na nandoon sa Crame na mag-Misa De Gallo, control din at gamitan ng zoom. Kapag ang authorized 30%, ‘yun lang dapat,” he added.

 He also reminded the public that caroling this December is not permitted.

However, the traditional Christmas tree lighting in the PNP as well as gift-giving will be allowed but no large gatherings will be allowed.

Earlier this May, Sinas trended on social media due to his birthday celebration in May while Metro Manila was under strict quarantine protocols. 

Sinas and other police officers present in the controversial birthday celebration faced criminal raps.

However, President Rodrigo Duterte defended Sinas over the incident and even promoted him as PNP chief. RJ Espartinez