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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

BFP officer from Kalinga shot dead in Benguet

Updated: Nov 30, 2023


Benguet, Philippines – A 42-year-old fire officer from Rizal, Kalinga was fatally shot allegedly by a 21-year-old suspect who is now facing murder charges in Benguet.


The victim and the suspect attended a wedding in Ambiong on Nov. 25. The two left the celebration at around 3 p.m., relayed the Chief Investigation Officer of La Trinidad Municipal Police Station, PCapt. Roland Salingsingan through DZWT 540 AM.

On Saturday evening, the victim was discovered dead by his brother at his residence. Their neighbour said they saw the suspect walking in the garden with the victim’s sling bag which, according to fire officer’s wife, contains his firearm, phone and motorcycle keys.


The manhunt launched the following day in Wangal by the joint force of the intelligence units of Benguet police and Police Regional Office – Cordillera led to the capture of suspect Lron jude Damaso, a native of Bokod, Benguet and a resident of Busol, Ambiong, La Trinidad.


Recovered from Damaso were cal.45 pistol, three bullets, and two magazines.


He is now detained at La Trinidad District Jail pending trial.


Meanwhile, the remains of victim - Senior Fire Officer 2 Melvin Madio lie in state at #43 Purok 5 Gumangan Road, Ambiong, Baguio City.


The wife of the deceased said Melvin’s body will be ferried to Calaocan, Rizal, Kalinga on Friday and will be buried on Monday.

The Philippine flag in Kabayan, where the fire officer was assigned and served as Shift-In-Charge of the Bureau of Fire Department, is flying at half-mast ‘to show utmost respect and deep sympathy to the bereaved family.’


Meanwhile, BFP – Cordillera extended their thoughts and prayers to Madio’s family.


“The whole BFP Cordillera family extend our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time… May the Lord give you comfort and peace in your sorrow,” they stated.

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