It was between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. of June 27 when staff members found outgoing Cagayan de Oro representative Benjamin "Benjo" Benaldo in his office with a gunshot wound, reports PEP.ph. He was immediately rushed to the New Era General Hospital, but has since been transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital where he is currently said to be recovering.

The GMA-7 program State of the Nation hosted by Jessica Soho also reports that Benjo's wife Daiana Menezes hurried to the hospital as soon as she heard what had happened.

In an interview with Jessica, as quoted by PEP.ph, Congressman Miro Quimbo of Marikina City confirmed that the wounded politician is now very conscious. "Although the wound was potentially lethal, hindi tinamaan 'yung vital organs niya so he’s stable (Although the wound was potentially lethal, his vital organs were not hit so he’s stable)," says Quimbo.

At this point, it is not certain whether the wound was self-inflicted or not. "But what is clear from the witnesses that we have talked to was that he was all alone in his room when the incident actually happened," Congressman Quimbo adds.

Not too long ago, Benjo made the news after Daiana posted cryptic messages on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, hinting at an unhappy and possibly abusive marriage. The congressman had admitted to marital problems, but said that they’ve since patched things up.

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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