Mayor Sara apologizes for city gov’t lapses that allowed bombing, sacks police chief

• Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio axed the Davao City Police chief and the head of Task Force Davao
• Mayor Sara apologized for the lapses that the city government may have that allowed the suspects to sneak in bombs at the night market
• The city government raised P2-million bounty for information that will lead to the arrest of the bombers

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday, September 5, announced the relief of Davao City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Michael John Dubria and Col. Henry Robinson, Jr., head of Task Force Davao.

The city mayor is not questioning the qualifications of the two sacked officers, but was so disappointed for their lack of action on the information received before the deadly bombing at a popular night market in the city’s Roxas Avenue that claimed 14 lives and hurt over 70 other people.

“It’s not about their qualifications, it’s about me. I took what happened personally, there will be strained relationship between us if they continue to stay in their posts,” the mayor said; adding she prefer new officials and new ideas for the city.

As mentioned in Update PH, both the police and Task Force Davao have assigned teams to secure Roxas Avenue, especially the crowded night market area, but was unable to stop the attack.

Mayor Sara, who apologized for the city government’s lapses that allowed the suspects to sneak in bombs, said she already has someone to replace Col. Robinson but is still awaiting Philippine National Police Director General Ronald De la Rosa’s recommendation on who will be the new Davao City Police chief.

The mayor also announced that the city government raised a P2-million bounty for the information and arrest of the bombing suspects. She said P1 million shall go to the informant, while the other P1 million will go to whoever would bring the suspects to her.

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