American diver who helped in Robredo plane search shot dead

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The American technical diver who helped in the search for the remains of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo was shot dead by security guard Thursday night in Las Piñas City.

The Las Pinas police chief, Sr. Supt. Adolfo Samala said Friday Matthew Caldwell, 59, was shot in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun in the midst of an argument with Ericson Blacquio, a security guard at Hamilton Heights Village in Talon at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Caldwell was a member of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Auxiliary.

Samala said Caldwell and a certain Jeanalyn Flora, who were riding a Toyota Corolla (license plate TTS-316) were not allowed by Blacquio from entering Hamilton Heighrs because they haven’t paid their monthly dues.

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Caldwell angrily confronted Blacquio tried to remove the wooden barrier of the gate. The guard shot him, police said.

The guard and a companion commandeered a motorcycle driven by Satanley Verano and rode off.

Caldwell flew to Masbate in August last year to help the Coast Guard look for the wreckage of Robredo’s plane.

It took almost a week before the plane was recovered.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

 

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