Laoagueño Moro Virgilio Mandac Lazo was appointed new chief of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), the elite force that’s been grabbing the headlines for the operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that left 44 commandos dead.
Moro, the Citizen’s Army Training (CAT) corps commander of Divine Word High School of Laoag Class ’78 and a 1984 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), according to his high school batchmate, Hans Ajero, is a born leader.
The screenshot of a Rappler post where Chief Superintendent Moro Lazo is in a photo gives me goose bumps. (Rappler story here.) The face I remember when we were little is still the one and he deserves looking so honorable and handsome in a police uniform. He was a member of the Presidential Security Group during the Fidel Ramos administration. He assumed posts like chief of PNP Cagayan Valley and acting chief of the Ilocos Region for a very brief time.
I bumped into him a couple of years ago and asked what he does in the police department. Now I understand what he said — I head firearms and explosives. Congratulations, sir!
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