|Lt. Col. Cris Abrahano|
|Col. Marlou Chan|
By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
I broke bread recently with the two newest police bigwigs of the gargantuan province Pangasinan. They were Pangasinan’s Officer-in-Charge Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Marlou Chan and Dagupan City’s Chief of Police Superintendent Cris Abrahano in one of the cozy nipa huts of Mang Peping Restaurant that is nestled along the new De Venecia Highway in the Bangus City.
Senior Superintendent (Colonel) Marlou Chan
I told Sr. Supt. or Colonel Chan that the omnipresent of spot checking policemen and 63 olive-green drab Special Action Force (Reminiscent of Rhodesian (Now Zimbabwe) Special Ops) have been a laudable sight in the province.
He said he requested the SAF from Camp Crame to augment his more than 2000 policemen who act as deterrents to any scheming hired guns to pounce again on their unwary victims that could add to the 90 corpse they assassinated in the province since January 2012. Police data provides that Pangasinan placed second in the country’s provinces in terms of the most number of firearms- related killings.
The ubiquity of these government forces, thanks to Chan’s initiative, was welcomed by anxious Pangasinenses who thought that the province is destined to become a province in Mexico or Venezuela -- where hired hands at their impunity sow fear to the populace.