Benjo Benaldo suicide attempt

Outgoing Cagayan de Oro Rep. Benjo Benaldo attempted to commit suicide inside his office in the House of Representatives (HOR) Thursday night. According to a GMA News report, Benaldo was seen “drenched in blood with a gunshot wound” at the HOR’s South Lobby.

Benaldo was alone in his office room when the incident happened. Marcelo Castro of the House Media Bureau said Benaldo was brought to New Era Hospital along Commonwealth Avenue. Benaldo is the controversial husband of Brazilian model Daiana Menezes. The couple  has been the subject of intense media scrutiny lately after Menezes hinted via Instagram that she is a victim of domestic violence.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who personally saw Benaldo’s condition, speculated that his depression may have been triggered by his failed reelection bid last month.

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Outgoing Cagayan de Oro Rep. Benjo Benaldo and wife Daiana Menezes (Credits: Benaldo’s Facebook page)

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