By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—The men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Western Visayas region are mourning the untimely death of Police Colonel Marlon Tayaba, a former police chief of Iloilo province widely credited for neutralizing one of the region’s top drug lords and fighting against the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.
“We are in great sorrow for the passing of one of our best senior officers,” said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-6).
The 51-year-old Tayaba died Sunday, February 16, in this city after battling cancer.
“He has contributed so much to the organization. He will not only be remembered for his achievements, but for his dedication to the service while serving as a mentor to his junior officers,” added Pamuspusan.
Tayaba’s remains arrived Tuesday at Camp Delgado, the PNP’s regional headquarters in Iloilo City.
At the time of his death, Tayaba was one of PNP’s key regional senior officers as he was serving as PRO-6’s chief regional staff.
Prior to his assignment at PRO-6, Tayaba was the chief of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO). It was during his watch in September 2017 when he led a team to neutralize Richard Prevendido, the alleged leader of the Prevendido drug group.
Tayaba’s reassignment in Iloilo province came after a June 2017 daylight raid on the police station in Maasin town by the New People’s Army (NPA).
Tayaba was specifically chosen for his experience as ground commander of the police elite force who faced the Maute terrorist group during the height of the 2017 siege in Marawi City.