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By Joel Guinto, Thea Alberto
First Posted 12:16:00 04/24/2008

MANILA, Philippines — An Army colonel was found dead, with a gunshot wound to his forehead, inside his quarters in Fort Bonifacio on Thursday morning, military and police authorities said.

A neighbor discovered the body of Colonel Roberto Caldeo in his living room at AOC-6, door 5, PMMA East Side Housing, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., spokesman for the Philippine Army, and Chief Superintendent Luizo Ticman, Southern Police District.

Torres said Caldeo was found at 8:30 a.m. although Ticman said in an earlier report that the victim was discovered at 10:30 a.m.

A handgun was recovered on the scene.

Both Torres and Ticman said it was not clear whether Caldeo committed suicide or whether there was foul play.

“We cannot say yet what happened,” Torres said, adding the Army will also investigate the case, on top of a police investigation, since the incident happened inside camp.

“Tinitignan natin lahat ng anggulo but the initial report ay alleged suicide [We are looking at all angles but the initial report is alleged suicide],” said Ticman in a separate phone interview.

Ticman said later that a suicide note aside from the gun was found by Scene of the Crime Operatives.

The 48-year-old Caldeo is currently assigned as staff officer at the Command and General Staff College at military general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Torres said.

Caldeo was a trained member of the elite Scout Rangers and Special Forces in the Philippine Army. Prior to his current posting, he was assigned in Mindanao as commander of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion and the 33rd Infantry Battalion, Torres said.

“He is a warrior-officer,” Torres said.

Colonel Ricardo Visaya, Caldeo’s classmate at the Philippine Military Academy’s 1983 class, described him as a “good officer.”

“He’s one of the best. He has good quality leadership,” Visaya said.

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Written by joelguinto

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