In behalf of the men and women of Davao City Police, allow me to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Police Staff Sergeant Renante Dapa Mercado who was found lifeless and with gunshot wound due to accidental firing earlier this evening, February 25, 2020, inside Police Station 2- San Pedro Police Station, of this city.

Until now, we are still in shocked of this unfortunate incident that claimed the life of our dear police officer.

Furthermore, I would like to ask for people’s understanding and compassion to stop spreading “false and malicious messages” to social media out of respect to the fallen officer and his grieving family.

Rest assured that under this leadership, his bereaved family will be extended with necessary financial assistance and we will delegate personnel to assist his family members in processing his claims.

Indeed, his untimely passing is difficult to bear, but I hope that his family can take solace in the fact that PSSG Mercado has served well his country.

Meanwhile, with this kind of unfortunate and tragic event that some of my men suffered due to accidental firing, most likely everyone needs a sobering reminder on prevention measures on gun safety with seriousness and urgency.

Immediately, I have directed the Chief, Administrative and Resource Management Unit to conduct a Refresher Course on Gun Safety and Responsible Gun Ownership Seminar to selected personnel who will re-echo their learnings in their respective police station. This will serve as a review on how to handle their service firearm properly to avoid accident on self or other persons.

It is certain that we will be serious in enhancing the ability and competence of our police officers in gun safety and marksmanship not to have similar incidents in the future.

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