Ex-PC chief to run for Senate, promote rights of veterans

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Saturday, November 17, 2012


THE former chief of the Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police (PC-INP) yesterday said he is running for senator in the 2013 elections.

In a press conference, retired Major Gen. Ramon E. Montaño, 75, asked for the support of the Cebuano voters.

Montaño was born in Cebu City, graduated valedictorian in both elementary and high school at the Colegio del Sto. Niño and also served the Cebuanos in various capacities.

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Montaño was instrumental in getting then Cebu governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña as running mate for vice president of then Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) who became president in 1992.

“My original plan was to pair Ramos with then Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan but Fernan had already accepted as running mate of then House Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. who ran against Ramos,” Montaño said.

Montaño said that when Osmeña was defeated, he endorsed the former Cebu governor to be Ramos’ presidential economic adviser.

“Osmeña was good. He was able to contribute to the success of the Ramos administration,” Montaño said.

Montaño said he wants to make laws that will serve as guides in the improvement of the police and military service in the fight against crime, terrorism and disorder.

He said he also wants to review the Local Government Code, with the idea of removing the power of local politicians over the police, especially if the local officials are financiers or in cahoots in illegal gambling or any activities against the law.

“How can the police be effective in enforcing the law when local politicians are intervening in their job?” Montaño said,

According to Montaño, he worked hard for the Liberal Party since 2007 but he was eased out in the selection of senatorial candidates, so, he is running as an independent aspirant. Montaño said he will also fight for the rights of the veterans and retired soldiers.

“The retired generals are okay. But the retired soldiers and policemen are in financial difficulties because their money was stolen and pocketed by their superiors,” Montaño said.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 18, 2012.

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