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CHICAGO – A Filipino police officer, who worked as a police liaison officer at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, California, died in his sleep last March 16. He was 51 years old.

Col. Antonio Pinto Mendoza, Jr., who graduated valedictorian of the 1988 Philippine Military Academy class, while working as police liaison, was in his third year of a post-graduate certificate course on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

A staff of Duggan’s Serra Mortuary at 500 Westlake Avenue in Daly City, California told this reporter that funeral services for Mendoza will be held next Sunday, March 26.

A friend whose name was withheld because he was not authorized to speak for the family said, “Mendoza died in his sleep due to cardiac arrest as a result of hemorrhagic pancreatitis” (bangongot).

Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is characterized by bleeding within or around the pancreas. It occurs in patients with severe necrotizing pancreatitis or as a result of the rupture of a pancreatic pseudo aneurysm, when it constitutes a life-threatening emergency.

According to his brief bio he posted online, Mendoza pursued a study of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Philippines from 1988 to 1992 after graduating from  PMA.

Between 1995 and 1996, Mendoza took up Master’s Degree course in Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management. Later, he took up a Certificate program on Criminal Justice at the University of Leicester in United Kingdom.

From 2001 to 2005, he took up a Bachelor of Laws degree at Jose P. Rizal University.

From 2009 to 2010, Mendoza was Provincial Director in Basilan’s Camp Menzi in Isabela City.

From 2010 to 2012, he became Regional Comptroller of Police Office Region 1 in Camp BGen Oscar M. Florendo, San Fernando, La Union. He was later assigned as Chief of PNP Intelligence Research Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City from 2012 to 2014.

For nine months in 2014, he was assigned as provincialdDirector of Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office.

In January 2015, he was assigned as Police Liaison Officer of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.

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Joseph is a former reporter of the Manila Bulletin, former president of the Rizal-Metro Manila Reporters Association and former president of the Chicago chapter of the National Press Club of the Philippines. A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he and his family now live in Chicago. A prolific reporter, Lariosa writes a column and news stories for the Filipino Star News and other Filipino community newspapers in the US as well as for GMA News and the Manila Bulletin.


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