Tatay Maring owned a gun and a license to carry it. He wore the gun on its holster like a jewelry. During World War II while he was just in his early twenties, he joined the guerrilla forces against the Japanese. After the war he became a prize fighter. Before the government provided a Barangay Captain to govern at the community level, he assumed the responsibility of keeping peace and order without pay, protecting the community against criminal activities. A felon who wanted to take over his neighborhood challenged him to a duel. Tatay Maring came to the duel site, his opponent did not show up. His daring acts made him larger than life. An unknown assailant fought him for his gun and shot him in the head. He was my mother’s brother, which made him my uncle.
These two legendary uncles, who were both gunmen from the 50’s blazed the trail for The Gunman of the 70’s. Those three men never met but had two things in common. They fought for the issues of their era and they were all related to me.