A drunken officer of the Philippine Air Force was shot dead by an assigned Sea Marshal on board a passenger ship from Iloilo City, a report said on Friday. It was learned that a passenger of M/M Saint Therese of the Child Jesus owned by 2GO complained that Staff Sergeant Ricardo Mones, of Biñan, Laguna was drunk and was creating trouble while other passengers were singing on a karaoke. Mones was invited by Sea Marshal SPO1 Redentor Quiñones, of the Maritime Group to the ship’s medical clinic where he was interrogated by the ship’s doctor Edward Sare in a bid to pacify him. But instead of cooling down, Mones even bragged that he was a decorated Scout Ranger, whereby he tried to grab the service firearm of the Sea Marshal. But as they grappled for the gun, Mones sustained a gunshot wound, according to Special Action Force agent PO3 Reynante Palomino who was also assigned to secure the ship. Quiñones voluntarily surrendered himself, including his .9mm service firearm to authorities upon docking of the ship in Manila North Harbor in Tondo. The incident was still under investigation.
JAIME R. PILAPIL