Benguet’s loss is Abra's gain

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Friday, January 11, 2013


IT'S final, Benguet Provincial Police Office now has a new chief in The name of Senior Supt. Jun Azurin as outgoing police chief Senior Supt. Bejamin Lusad is the new head of Abra's finest.

Col. Lusad who showed prominence in leading Benguet's Finest will be facing the tough job of ensuring that Abra fulfills its quest of being a non-Comelec controlled area in the coming midterm elections in May.

Governor Nestor Fongwan in his speech said that although Benguet will lose one of its sons to the province of Abra, it will be the gain of the Abrenios.

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Fongwan stated, however, that hopefully, after six months, Lusad will again return to take the place of Cordilleras Top Cop. A tough job since he will be compared to his predecessor. And hopefully again, not with Regional Director Benjamin Magalong.

But Lusad may get some tips from General Magalong on how to engage the people of Abra who now are in high spirits with the continuing efforts of engaging and empowering the people.

And with Lusad's management skills, I think the son of Benguet can make it in Abra.

But of course, let's see the performance of Col. Azurin who will be having his debut as a provincial commander for the first time.

Azurin comes from PMA Class of 89, and have served as a Captain for Criminal Intelligence Service in Baguio City and is probably a native of the countries summer capital.

He's being a product of Asia's premiere military institution will be put to the test. Just like Magalong, Azurin will be tested and hopefully for the third time, succeed in managing the affairs of the provincial police of Benguet.

As Governor Fongwan welcomes Azurin, he s now tasked to continue the fight against illegal loggers and marijuana plantations in the thirteen municipalities of the province.

And then again, let us welcome both Lusad and Azurin to their new post. Let's give them the support they need like what the Cordilleran's have given to Baguio's son, General Magalong.

For after all, it has to work both ways. The support of the community is integral to ensure the maintenance of peace and order in their respective areas.

So nice again, good luck to Col. Lusad and Azurin!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 11, 2013.

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