Zambo Norte top cop succumbs to cardiac arrest

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ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY, Philippines

The provincial police director of Zamboanga del Norte died before dawn on Wednesday, August 3, hours after his subordinates rushed him to a hospital for dizziness, chest pain and headache.

Col. Rodrigo Omega Maramo died at 1:55 a.m. on Wednesday in a hospital in Dipolog City, according to a statement from the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office.

The statement was supported with a medical abstract that says Maramo died from cardiac arrest triggered by hypertension.

Brig. Gen. Arthur Cabalona, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), said they are mourning the demise of Maramo.

Maramo was police director of Basilan province in the Bangsamoro region before he helmed the Zamboanga del Norte provincial police force.

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Maramo became popular for his peace initiatives in Basilan in support to the security programs of the office of Gov. Jim Salliman, the Army’s 101st Infantry Brigade, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). (John Unson and Antonio Manaytay)

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