Ex-PNP chief Mendoza dies at 67-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
MANILA -- Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza died before dawn Monday after suffering a stroke in his Batangas house. He was 67.
Mendoza's son, Batangas Representative Mark Mendoza, said the former official died between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Interment plans are still being discussed, the younger Mendoza said in a television interview.
He added his father had stroke two years ago but had another stroke early Monday.
Mendoza was named PNP chief after the second People Power revolution that catapulted Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the presidency in January 2001.He once served as Arroyo's executive secretary.
Mendoza was one of Arroyo's co-accused in the graft cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman with the Sandiganbayan last year in connection with the controversial national broadband network deal in April 2007.
Arroyo, however, cancelled the contract six months later due to allegations of bribery and corruption.(JK/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)