Retired police general Benjamin Magalong offers Baguio City ‘a breath of fresh air’ as mayor

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong offers Baguio City ‘a breath of fresh air’ as mayor

Calls for the rehabilitation of Baguio, grew louder when the nation saw what President Rodrigo Duterte did in the world famous Boracay.

The government has declared that the ‘new’ barometer for island resorts in the country should be that of Boracay.

Now comes the question, what about those other areas that are not situated at or near the sea.

Retired Police Director General Benjamin Magalong (photo credit to philstar)

Baguio city, comes to mind, years of environmental degradation and all the problems that comes being an overpopulated city it’s a time bomb waiting to happen.

In the upcoming election local elections, there are 10  hopefuls that will vie for the position of the Mayor of this city dubbed “Summer Capital of the Philippines.”

Of the 10, one name stood out, all the while he is living a simple life after retirement, but the call for public service is strong.

The City of Pines would be fortunate if he will be elected as the next city mayor.

A “breath of fresh air” that is what Retired Police Director General Benjamin Magalong is offering to Baguio City.

He offers his birthplace a “truthful, honest, result-oriented, and integrity-driven leadership.”
“I am not a politician, but you have seen me work. I deliver results, bounded by personal core values that I never let go in any work I do,” Magalong said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) 

As a neophyte in the field of politics he will be pitted against 9 political personalities namely: former city tourism officer Benny Alhambra, Apugan-Loakan village watchman Labio Calingayan, and Jeffrey Pinic, who tried his luck as vice mayor in the past polls, incumbent vice mayor Edison Bilog, former vice mayor Antonio Tabora, incumbent councilor and former youth representative Edgar Avila, former councilor Jose Molintas, and incumbent councilor Leandro Yangot Jr.

The position of mayor is wide open since incumbent Mayor Mauricio Domogan is now in his last term.

Magalong’s Focus

Baguio has a lot of problems, the small piece of land is overpopulated with inhabitants, proper zoning has not been followed, garbage, water shortage, pollution, traffic to name a few are every scenario in this city.

The retired general intends to focus on environment preservation, finding solution to the mounting road traffic in Baguio, and peace and order.

“Traffic is a major problem in urban areas like Baguio, but it has to be addressed,” he said.

Magalong added he would like to solve the decade-long garbage problem of this mountain resort city.

“There’s no better place to live in for my family than Baguio. I am from Baguio and I will always be a Baguio boy, and I want to give back to the city after serving the nation,” he said.

Born and raised in Baguio, Magalong completed his education in the Philippine Military Academy, graduating magna cum laude in 1982.

Magalong served the Philippine National Police (PNP) in various capacities—operational and management—for over 38 years. He said he is bound by the four core values of transparency, accountability, ethics, and integrity.

One of the highlights of his career is when he headed the investigative body that probed the bloody massacre of 44 policemen in duty in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015 during the Aquino administration. Fourteen (14) of the slain cops were Cordillerans.

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