Release app debuggable with Android Emulator

After building app with

ionic cordova build android --prod --release

Then jarsign and zipalign

I am able to debug the resulting APK in an emulator using Chrome Dev Tools just like is possible for a debug app.

I added the below to config.xml but it still does not help

    <edit-config file="app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml" mode="merge" target="/manifest/application" xmlns:android="">
        <application android:debuggable="false" />