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Dengue kills cop in WV

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A police officer in Western Visayas was among the latest fatalities of the deadly disease dengue, prompting a bloody response from his colleagues in the region.

City police commander P/Col. Martin Defensor Jr. led a bloodletting activity at the Iloilo Baptist Church in Jaro district on Thursday, July 11.

“Through this bloodletting activity, we hope to help and save lives of those who are in need of blood,” he said.

Last week, Police Staff Sgt. Marvin Dalumpines of San Remigio Police Station in Antique died after he was diagnosed with dengue fever.

He was reportedly suffering from fever but could have dismissed it as ordinary fever, and continued reporting for work.

By the time he sought medical treatment, he was already in the critical stage.

P/Captain Shella Mae Sangrines, Iloilo City Police Office spokesperson, said they learned that Dalumpines was later brought to a hospital in Iloilo City and was asking for blood donors, but succumbed.

In the July 11 bloodletting, 140 police personnel donated blood, including those from Iloilo City Police Stations 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Also donating blood were force multipliers such as Kabayan International Fearless Anti Crime Organization (KIF ACO), Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT)-Jaro District, and IBC students.

Some 44 bags of blood (450 ml per bag) were collected.

Defensor, who was also one of the donors, said they initially planned a bloodletting activity for Feb. 14 next year, but moved it to this week due to Dalumpines’ death.