Suspect in US diver’s killing urged to yield

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Suspect Ericson Mendoza Blacquio

MANILA, Philippines—A group of homeowners at the exclusive Hamilton Heights subdivision in Las Piñas City, where an American diver and businessman was killed on Thursday night, has appealed to the suspect, security guard Ericson Mendoza Blacquio, to give himself up to authorities.

“We texted him and promised to help him as long as he would face the charges in court. We don’t want to be misunderstood. We condemn what he did but we are convincing him to turn himself in,” Arlene Marie Rodriquez-San Juan, the group’s representative, told the Inquirer Sunday.

The killing of Matthew Caldwell, 59, a technical diver who helped search for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo when his plane fell into the sea off Masbate province last year, shocked residents of Hamilton Heights, an upper middle class subdivision at Barangay (village) Talon V in Las Piñas City.

“We know the suspect as a quiet, kind and patient man. But what he did to an unarmed man was completely wrong,” San Juan said.

An argument between Blacquio and Caldwell over a subdivision policy turned sour when Blacquio lost his temper and shot dead the American national, police probers said.

The disagreement stemmed from an order given by officers of the homeowners’ association that residents who had not paid their monthly contributions would have to lift the boom at the gate of the subdivision themselves, instead of the security guard on duty.

The homeowners of Hamilton Heights have a pending application with the House and Land Use Regulatory Board to form an association that will manage the subdivision.

In the meantime, instead of association dues, a monthly contribution of P500 per household is being charged for expenses such as security services and power supply.

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  • gringoloco

    I hope and wish this mother $#@!$%^ security guard die like a pig.
    He and his entire family.
    Better to kill him now, because the victim is a “foreigner” and justice is not going to happen.
    We all know how the government hate foreigners.

    • imongredneck

      “We all know how the Phl government hate foreigners” as much as the government of your origin.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        i sorry i have to agree with gringo in some situations. in court cases a foreigner never wins.only the lawyers countries in which most americans are killed mexico number 1 the philippines number 2 them honduras and el salavador. this was printed in your papers. there is one more .

  • walaywalay

    what kind of crap is this?>> “We know the suspect as a quiet, kind and patient man. But what he did to an unarmed man was completely wrong,”

    ”quiet, kind and patient” humans obey the laws of society they do not commit crimes….especially one of the most heinous—COLD BLOODED MURDER!!

    • Oscuro

      It is obvious you haven’t worn the shoes of security guards. Though murdering can never be an excuse. Can you imagine the verbal abuse these guards sometimes get when they’re just following orders.

  • MapagbiroLang

    Arguing with an armed guard would be a stupid thing to do. Pride kills!

    • walaywalay

      pride don’t kill Jhong—–irresponsible idiots with guns kill—-pride has never killed anyone because it is a sense of being—guns have killed billions for that was its intent upon invention
      this mans ”pride” was in helping others as he did searching for Robredo
      mental tests should be administered before granting a firearm permit

  • noynoyingalways

    Hoy San Juan – quiet, kind and patient man OK KA LANG???? MURDERER YAN!!! Dapat BITAYIN!!!

  • mynnyx

    500 daan Lang pumatay ka na ng Tao……….

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