Remembering Boogie

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Police General Boogie Mendoza (PMA ’78), I am reblogging this piece. They say that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” Given that, Boogie was truly a man of unflinching courage, integrity and loyalty.

Color My World

Rodolfo ‘Boogie’ Mendoza, a proud member of PMA Class 78, retired Police General, legendary anti-communist intelligence officer, and consummate psywar practitioner, died of a heart attack last March 28. He was 64.

boogie2abs-cbn Despite the thinning hair, Boogie still continued to provide great insights on terrorism and the insurgency threats. (ABS-CBN)

As a cadet in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Boogie was easy to get along with. He was originally a member of PMA Batch 77, but notwithstanding the fact that he was a ‘turnback’ cadet, he never flaunted his connections on us, his classmates, during our plebe year. Always helpful, he strove to help our ‘mistahs’ (cadet lingo for classmate) who were slow to adjust to plebe life in the Academy.

Throughout our cadet days, he always took a low profile, choosing to stay on the sidelines, content on coasting along and taking the easy way. We were part of…

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