Davao City, June 30, 1998 - The police general who founded the anti-communist "Alsa Masa" which broke the foothold of the New People's Army on Davao, will run for Davao City Mayor in the year 2001.
Chief Superintendent Franco Calida, outgoing police director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, retires June 30, the day President Ramos turns over his post to President Joseph Estrada.
Alsa Masa, a vigilante group organized in 1986 to help the government stop the spread of communism, is said to be responsible for killing 813 NPA rebels.
Calida, a member of the government's peace panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is responsible for settling a total of 78 bloody family feuds in Mindanao from Jul 1996 to last May.
In 32 years of service with the police, Calida has earned 31 medals, including the Distinguished Service Star, and Outstanding Achievement medal and seven Bronze Cross medals, aside form 29 commendations.
>From Davao City he was transferred to become chief of the 9th Narcotics Command in Zamboanga City, a post which earned him the 1986 Most Outstanding Narcotics Officer in the whole country.
He became provincial police director of Sulu, and later was assigned at Camp Salipada Pendatun as Regional Police Director of the ARMM.
Calida said that when he retires, he will throw his hat into the political ring. He plans to run as mayor of Davao City in the next local election in the year 2001.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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