Cebu cop found dead inside PNP camp

A POLICEMAN was found dead with a gunshot wound in his temple inside the barracks of Camp Ceperino Genovia in Barangay Bahay in the southern town of Sibonga, Cebu on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 2, 2022.

He was identified as Patrolman Edgardo Pilariz Silva, a 32-year-old native of Tanjay, Negros Oriental, who was assigned at the Regional Mobile Force Battalion Central Visayas (RMFB 7).

Patrolman Rafaelito Alquizalas Mahinay walked in on Silva’s lifeless body still clutching his 9mm pistol at 4:50 p.m.

Mahinay said he earlier saw the victim dry firing, which is “the practice of simulating the discharge of a firearm without any live ammunition.”

Members of the Scene of the Crime Operation (Soco) recovered the victim’s firearm loaded with 13 bullets and an empty shell.

Maj. Rodgene Fudotan, Sibonga Police Station chief, described the victim as a good man and hard-working.

According to Fudotan, Silva was seen going in and out of the barracks and appeared to be distraught.

However, Fudotan said Silva’s colleagues checked the contents of his cellphone but found nothing to indicate that he had a problem.

Fudotan is awaiting results of a forensic examination being conducted by the Soco and the ballistic examination on his firearm.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office Central Visayas Director Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba said they could not determine the cause of death until members of Soco finish their investigation.

“It’s a very unfortunate incident... Ngayon (Now), there are so many speculations going around kung anong circumstance nang pagkamatay ni Silva (regarding the circumstances surrounding his death),” he said.

Alba said he also instructed the chief of the Regional Medical and Dental Unit Central Visayas to check on the “psychological health and fitness” of the policemen.

Risty Sibay, officer-in-charge of the National Police Commission Central Visayas, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) should not ignore the mental health of its personnel.

“I think it is high time that the organization also look into the mental state of all the police officers and in the process hopefully we can establish a national mental health program for the PNP,” he said.

He said the program is important to prevent suicides, especially since police are under a lot of pressure at work. (GPL, BBT, AYB / PJB)

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