MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to give full honors to its former chief, Leandro Mendoza, who died on Monday after suffering a stroke.
“The 148,000-strong officers, men and women of the Philippine National Police mourn the passing of General Leandro R. Mendoza, the 9th Chief of the Philippine National Police,” the PNP said in a statement.
“Full honors will be rendered to General Mendoza, in accordance with PNP protocol, customs and tradition.”
Mendoza was a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1969. He headed the PNP from 2001 to 2002 before being appointed as Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) secretary by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Mendoza’s son, Batangas 4th District Representative Mark Llandro Mendoza, said his father passed away at 1:30 a.m. today.
“Biglaan lang. He was in his rehabilitation when he suffered another stroke,” Rep. Mendoza said in a phone interview.
Gonzales survived a heart attack in March last year and had since been under therapy.
Rep. Mendoza said he would like his father to be remembered as someone who faithfully served the country.
“One thing for sure is he loved his country. Kahit nitong nagkasakit siya, up-to-date pa rin siya sa mga nangyayari sa bansa natin,” he told ANC.
“Ang gusto niya ay maaala siyang nag-lingkod siya ng tapat at mahusay sa bansa niya, sundalo siya dati eh.”
The younger Mendoza added that he hopes his father would soon be cleared of the graft charges over the botched $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE.
The late DOTC chief’s remains will be brought to the Heritage Park in Taguig City. Other details of the internment will be announced by his family at a later time. (MNS)