Robredo pays tribute to slain diver
MANILA, Philippines — For 3 straight days last year, American diver Matthew Caldwell plunged into the depths of Masbate waters to recover victims of an ill-fated Piper Seneca plane.
Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo was among the dead; his body was found on Aug. 18, 2012.
A few days short of the crash's one-year mark, and Caldwell is again in the news after he was shot dead in Las Pinas City on Thursday, August 16.
"It is with sorrow that I learn about the passing of American diver Matthew Caldwell," said Robredo's widow in a statement. "He, along with everyone involved in the rescue operations, worked very hard for almost 3 days to search and retrieve Jesse's body from the ocean. To them I owe my deepest gratitude," Camarines Sur Rep Leni Robredo added.
Caldwell was a member of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary. He, along with several divers and members of the Philippine Navy, was part of the team that helped search for Robredo, plane captain Jessup Bahinting, and student pilot Kshitiz Chand.
According to an Inquirer report, the 59-year-old Caldwell was shot dead at the gates of the Hamilton Heights Subdivision in Las Piñas City after allegedly getting into an argument with the village security guard over association dues.
Police are looking for Ericson Elacquiao, who was identified as the shooter.
"I call on the authorities to investigate the incident and place all allegations to rest," Robredo added. -Rappler.com