EDITORIAL| Dubria stays as police director

AFTER more than a month of uncertainty, Davao City Police Office director Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria will continue to hold the post after Mayor Sara decided to let him stay.

Dubria seems to be taking this change of heart in good stead. In his statement sent to the media, he said that he is “thankful for the trust and confidence given by the mayor” and that he is “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.”

This came after the list of possible replacements was belatedly submitted by PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa to the mayor which included senior superintendents Antonino Yarra, Albert Ocon and Milo Pagtalunan.

The reason for her decision to allow Dubria to keep his post is that she wants him to learn from the incident.

In the frontpage story of this paper, she was quoted as saying “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.”

Dubria said he that with this renewed mandate, his “focus now is to ensure that all resources under my command will be fully utilized in combatting crimes and terrorism for our beloved city.”

Now that he is firmly entrenched as police director, we can now put the issue on who the next police director will be to rest.

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