American diver in Robredo search shot dead
MANILA – An American technical diver who helped in the search and rescue operation for the late Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo last year was shot dead in a Las Piñas City subdivision Thursday night, authorities said.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said the victim, Matt Caldwell, was shot by a security guard after a verbal altercation at the gate of the subdivision.
Balilo said the guards refused entry to Caldwell, which led to the argument. He was shot at around 10:30 p.m.
Balilo added that there is a split in the homeowners’ association of Hamilton Heights and it is possible that Caldwell and the guards on duty were at opposing sides.
Caldwell was a PCG auxiliary captain and was also part of the search and retrieval operation of 21 passengers trapped in the MV Catalyn B in 2010. -- Report from Noel Alamar, ABS-CBN News