Romeo Maganto, a bemedalled policeman, was laid to rest yesterday, Sunday, June 24.
Maganto, one of the very few police generals who neither graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) nor the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), was admired by millions for his raw courage.
His courage bordered on foolhardiness or stupidity.
His fellow officers, who were PMAers or PNPAers, laughed at or mocked him for his foolhardiness.
But he always got the job done. In places where he was assigned, peace and order became the norm. He cleaned up Ilocos Norte, fighting the New People’s Army (NPA) when he was the PNP provincial director there.
Maganto, who had retired, died of natural causes.
Romy Maganto was a relatively honest cop. Relatively, hindi garapal. By the way, wala namang pulis na santo.
Romy, you deserve a lasting rest in peace.