Change of mind

Mayor Sara holds on to DCPO chief Dubria
MAYOR Sara Duterte has changed her mind in ousting Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria as the director of Davao City Police Office.

“I have reconsidered my earlier decision and I now want Dubria to stay,” Duterte said.

The mayor wanted Dubria’s relief following the Sept. 2 Roxas Avenue explosion that killed 15 people and wounded 69 others in the busy night market.

“It will be easy for him (Dubria) to transfer to another post and forget what happened on the night of Sept. 2, 2016 in Davao City. But after careful thought, I want him to stay and feel the pain I feel every day. A new city director would not understand this feeling,” said Duterte who lost two of the three fetuses that she was carrying days after the incident.

“I don’t want him to forget,” she said. “I want him to learn from it.”

According to her, Dubria must always be reminded of the terror attack that shocked Davaoeños and how the victims and their families are living with their loss because of complacency.

“What I want is that he will function as director of the DCPO guided by the lessons of that terror attack,” Duterte said.

Right after the blast, the mayor announced that she was relieving Dubria and then Task Force Davao chief Col. Henry Robinson Jr.

The mayor admitted that she had a disagreement with her father, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, over her relief announcement.

While Robinson graciously accepted his relief from TF Davao and was immediately replaced by Col. Erwin Neri, Dubria held on to his post because the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not come up with the list of his possible replacement.

On Thursday, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa finally submitted to the mayor the list of possible replacements of Dubria.

Among the listed names are Antonino Yarra, Albert Ocon and Milo Pagtalunan, all senior superintendents.


Dubria, in his statement, expressed his gratitude to the mayor.

“I’m thankful for the trust and confidence given (to me) by City Mayor Inday,” Dubria said.

The police colonel said: “I am aware of the great responsibility that accompanies the position of City Director specially that Davao City is receiving numerous security threats coming from varied threat groups.”

Dubria said he is performing his job until properly relieved and is always prepared to be replaced upon the issuance of relief orders coming from the higher ups.

“That is one of the basic principles that we, in the uniformed service, are observing,” Dubria said.

With the “new development,” Dubria said “my focus now is to ensure that all resources under my command will be fully utilized in combatting crimes and terrorism for our beloved city.”

The police chief said the Sept. 2 incident “was a very unfortunate one.”

“Not even first-world countries were 100% successful in preventing acts of terrorism from happening,” Dubria said.