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To the Tune of Voltes V, Debold Sinas Leads Men in Exercise... While Sitting Down

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Newly appointed PNP chief Debold Sinas led his police officers in a morning exercise to the tune of his favorite anime show: Voltes V. But some of the officers who did the workout were sitting down. 

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Some Kind of Legwork

As seen in the footage shot on November 9, police officers were doing some kind of awkward leg exercise while sitting down. It is unclear what kind of exercise they were attempting because it does not look like anything recommended by our fitness coaches. 

NCRPO’s Four-Minute Exercise Routine

Back in March 2020, the PNP’s NCRPO uploaded a video on YouTube titled NCRPO 4-Minute Fitness Routine.

It features a very basic aerobic exercise to the tune of the Voltes V theme song, Olivia Newton-John’s "Physical," The Village People’s "YMCA," and Yoyoy Villame’s "Mag-Exercise Tayo."

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On the upper-right corner of the video, you can see a progress bar that says “Road to Stronger and Fitter Police Force.” As the exercise progresses, the bar also gets filled, as if depicting the “power level” of the police officers. 

Debold Sinas and His Voltes V Fascination

Back in October 2019, just before Sinas became the NCRPO chief, he bared the use of themes from Voltes V to bolster the police force’s effectiveness. 

The premise is that PNP officers should “volt in” or work together to achieve their goals and defeat the enemy. 

Sinas also announced he would play the Voltes V theme song during meetings to inspire officers. According to Cebu Daily News, the purpose of playing the song is to entertain and send the message that the community should be as one to fight against criminalities. 

Oplan Sauron

The PNP’s fascination with pop culture icons does not stop with Voltes V. It also named its notorious one-time-big-time operation against insurgents “Oplan Sauron,” presumably named after the Dark Lord Sauron from the Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

According to the Philippine News Agency, Operation Plan Sauron pertains to the beefed-up campaign of the AFP and PNP against suspected New People's Army (NPA) guerillas in the Visayas. 

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Oplan Sauron was the result of President Duterte’s Memorandum Order 32 directing the military and the police to undertake all necessary measures to suppress lawless violence in the Mindanao region and the provinces of Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Samar, and Bicol.

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