New DCPO chief

Sr. Supt. Tagum assumes today as city’s top police officer

Sr. Supt. Alexander Camilon Tagum will assume today as the top guy of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, regional police director, told TIMES yesterday that the order for Tagum to act as the DCPO chief was approved by the police national headquarters last week. Gaerlan said there will be no formal turnover ceremony when Tagum takes the post today.

“Assumption na lang,” Gaerlan said.

City information officer Jefry Tupas said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio picked Tagum from the list of police officers submitted for reconsideration by the police hierarchy. There were at least three candidates for the vacated position, Tupas told TIMES last night.

“(The selection) went through the vetting process,” he said. “Mayor Sara reviewed the records.”

When asked if Mayor Sara previously worked with Tagum, Tupas said “I believe they don’t know each other personally.”

The DCPO director post was vacated after Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria was promoted as the executive assistant of Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

Sr. Supt. Valeriano De Leon, the police deputy regional director for operations, took over the vacated post last March 24 in a turn-over ceremony in the police regional command headquarters.

De Leon, in an interview yesterday, said he’s glad that the post was immediately filled up.

“He arrived on time,” De Leon said. “I can now assist him.”

De Leon served as the officer-in-charge of the DCPO for 10 days while also serving as the deputy regional police director.

Before assuming as the DCPO chief, Tagum was the provincial director of Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon.

He was also the assigned as the provincial director of North Cotabato and the head of the PNP Criminal Detection Group in Region X (Northern Mindanao).

A native of Kidapawan City in Cotabato, Tagum is a graduate of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), Tagapagkalinga Class of 1991.