Macua a loving father, a dedicated policeman
Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) - February 15, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The remains of slain cop, Police Senior Master Sergeant Maximino Macua Jr., was brought to the chapel inside the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Friday afternoon before he will be transferred to Bohol, where his family originally come from.

His wake was flooded with several police personnel, as his remains will stay in the regional office for just a night.

Among them were Macua’s classmates, who can be seen, if not crying, trying to prevent their tears from falling.

Macua entered the Philippine National Police in 2005 and served the public for 15 years.

To his classmates, his hunger to learn more is a trait they could not forget about him.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Ronnel Ramirez, from the Provincial Mobile Force in Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office and who was Macua’s classmate during their training, said Macua whom they commonly addressed as ‘Macky’, has an aura of professionalism, as he served as the battalion adjutant during their seven months of training.

He added that Macua has always been curious with the other profession and consistently ask questions – eager to learn more.

“We perform in accordance to our order, but Macua volunteers to go beyond the order,” Ramirez said, recalling back the times of their training when Macua tend go beyond what is expected of them.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Ava Phyllis Llamada said he could see the leadership and passion of ‘Macky’. She added that Macky was the “encourager” of their class who never puts anyone in an awkward situation.

Llamada added that although they never expected the turn of events, she said that they saw it coming as Macua was a bit aggressive for the good of the service and dedicated one.

For Macky’s wife Eva Kristel Macua, her memory of him was that he spoiled them and a very hands-on father to their three children: a six-year-old and two-year-old twins.

She added that even when they are living far from his husband who was assigned in the region while she and her children remained in Bohol, her husband never forgets to take time and pamper them to make up for the lost time while he was away.

Being with her husband for 11 years, Kristel said that the first things she will do after the funeral is to move out from their house, as she cannot contain the memories they have created together.

She is also eyeing to have their eldest son undergo a psychiatric intervention, since his son was still in denial over the loss of his father.

In between tears, Kristel said that she will remain strong for their children especially for their twins who just turned two years old last month.

Newly installed PRO-7 Director, Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, has been emotional over the loss of Macua.

“Alam nyo si Sergeant Macua, I could vividly recall sya yung nagasundo sa akoa, naga-secure when we go to Bohol, so noong nakita ko yung picture nya talagang bumalik yung memory,” Ferro said.

He added that as a father and an officer, he sympathised over Macua’s loss in service.

Macua was shot in an anti-drug operation last Tuesday night in Barangay Mambaling.

He was previously assigned in Cebu and Bohol prior to his assignment as a member of PDEG, which according to Ferro is his ‘pet unit’ and performing one before his installation as PRO-7 chief.

Ferro personally cancelled the region’s Valentine’s celebration to mourn over the death of the slain PDEG cop.

Macua was slain at the time Ferro was delivering his orders during his assumption as the PRO-7 head.  GAN (FREEMAN)

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