DCPO director out

*Dela Rosa wants Dubria with him at Camp Crame
DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) director Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria will soon be vacating his post.

Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa told reporters that he is taking Dubria to be his senior executive assistant at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The PNP chief said his current assistant, Sr. Supt. Alden Delvo, also a former Davao-based officer, will be re-assigned to the police regional command in Calabarzon.

“The post will be vacated so I am taking Col. Dubria,” Dela Rosa said.

The senior executive assistant is tasked to assist the PNP chief in all his activities, appointments and will also facilitate all the documents coming in and out from the PNP chief’s office.

Earlier, it was announced that Sr. Supt. Antonio Rivera, the DCPO deputy director for administration who was implicated in the Davao Death Squad, was re-assigned to Camp Crame effective March 6. Dela Rosa said he has assigned Rivera as deputy chief of the unit that handles permit to carry firearms outside of residence.

In a separate interview, Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales, the deputy regional director for administration, said there was actually a plan to transfer Dubria to Camp Crame.

Morales said they will immediate direct Dubria to report to the PNP headquarters upon the release of the order from the higher ups.

“Of course, the PNP chief picked Col. Dubria based on familiarity,” Morales said adding that two previously worked together when they were both assigned at the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF ) in Davao region.

During the leadership of PNP chief Panfilo Lacson during the term of President Joseph Estrada, Dela Rosa was the PAOCTF chief while Dubria was his chief of operations.


Morales said they are now preparing a list of officers who are qualified to assume the vacated DCPO chief post.

“We will come up with that later,” Morales said.

He said officers, even those from outside the region, can apply for the post.

In the aftermath of the Sept. 2 Roxas Night Market bombing, City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio wanted to oust Dubria and the Task Force Davao chief Henry Robinson from their post.

The decision caused a quarrel with mayor and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, who disliked the order.

Robinson was eventually relieved from his post, but Dubria held on.

A month later, Mayor Duterte backtracked from her decision and said that Dubria should share her pain over the deadly bombing.