In Memory of Marlon Mañalac

April 8, 1968 - August 15, 1989

‘Terror cop’ runs for councilor in Malabon
By Christian V. Esguerra, Inquirer News Service, February 28, 2001

A "TERROR" policeman who gained prominence for playing Dirty Harry against notorious criminals will run for councilor in Malabon.

Retired Col. Alfonso "Boyong" Mañalac, whose life story was made into a 1991 movie starring Eddie Garcia, is gunning for a seat in the municipal council under the Nationalist People’s Coalition ticket of reelectionist Mayor Amado Vicencio.

A Malabon police chief during the late 1980s, Mañalac said Vicencio’s camp invited him to run for councilor to help improve the town’s peace and order situation.

"I was primarily tapped to apply my police training," Mañalac said. "I’ll devote my time to ensuring the safety of my constituents."

His decision to run was also triggered by the tragic fate of his 21-year-old son Marlon who was murdered by five Caloocan policemen in 1989 because of a minor traffic altercation.

The son, then a barangay councilman and a graduating civil engineering student, was shot dead by the policemen, whom he had accidentally sideswiped in Caloocan, Mañalac said.

During their argument, the policemen beat up the young Mañalac, he added.

When they realized that the young man was a son of Mañalac, who was then a police major and member of the Northern Police District inspectorate division, they decided to kill the young man to prevent him from filing charges, Mañalac said.

"If I win, I’ll make sure Malabon’s youth will not suffer the fate of my son," he said. "It’s very hard for a parent to endure such a tragedy."

During the 1998 local elections, Mañalac ran for mayor under the Liberal Party, whose presidential candidate was Alfredo Lim, his Dirty Harry counterpart in the Manila police.

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