PCG condoles with kin of frontline officer found dead in Manila

Published August 28, 2020, 4:37 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

The Philippine Coast Guard today condoled with the family of a frontline officer who was found dead off Pier 15 in Port Area, Manila Thursday.

“The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) condoles with the bereaved family of Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Richard Gonzales,” the organization said in a statement. “The Command will always remember PO2 Gonzales as a committed and selfless frontline personnel who served with bravery and passion to help others.”

Gonzales was one of the 3,600 Coast Guard personnel deployed to serve in the frontlines of the pandemic. He was also a crew member of the BRP Corregidor.

“The PCG offers sincere prayers of comfort and strength to his loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace,” the Coast Guard said.

Gonzales had been infected with coronavirus disease but tested negative on Aug. 23.

Findings released today by the Coast Guard showed that Gonzales drowned off the waters in Pier 15 and police noted that there was “no signs indicative of foul play.”

“Pieces of documentary evidence discovered and initial interviews suggested that the victim was going through financial problems. Possible marital discord between the victim and his common law wife is being looked upon,” the initial findings said.

Autopsy has not yet been initiated as of Thursday due to his COVID-19 history but his latest negative RT-PCR test result was already submitted to the Manila Police District Homicide Section to support the PCG’s and family’s request for autopsy.

“A designated liaison officer is now facilitating all claims and assistance for the victim’s family,” the Coast Guard said.