Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hero's burial for officer who died after passing fitness test

By Donna Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—The Marine officer who succumbed to a heart attack after a physical fitness test last week will be given a hero’s burial, the Navy announced.

Lt. Col. Leonard Vincent Teodoro, 42, assistant chief for operations of the Marine Corps Staff (MC3), will be laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on Jan. 11, according to Navy spokesperson Capt. Giovanni Bacordo, “as befits the service and sacrifice he had rendered to the country.”

As previous commanding officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 based in Basilan, Teodoro led his men in successful operations against the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless groups, neutralizing some of their leaders.

Teodoro graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1989. He died on Jan. 5 after suffering cardiac arrest following a physical fitness test which consisted of push-ups, sit-ups and a 3.2-kilometer run at Camp Aguinaldo.

He passed the test, a requisite for promotion to the rank of colonel, and was walking to his car after talking with some colleagues when he collapsed.

He suffered a sudden cardiac death, said Capt. Vicente Villa, officer in charge of the Camp Aguinaldo Station Hospital emergency room.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson said the AFP would review its physical exam policy following Teodoro’s death.

Teodoro’s remains lie at the BNS Mortuary at the Fort Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig City.

Teodoro and his wife, Lee Angelique, had two children, Louie Andrea, 13, and Adrian Vincent, 11.


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