Army general dies after diving

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MANILA (2June2013/PNA) – Brig. Gen. Daniel Lucero, 1st Infantry Division commander passed away after an apparent heart attacl Sunday.

Lucero has just finished diving at Tuluran Beach, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur when he complained of dizziness and collapsed around 1:55 p.m.

“Efforts to revive him after he collapsed were futile,” Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan said.

Lucero passed away at the Mendero Hospital in Pagadian City. The military official was only 54 years old.

He added that he had no other information yet and is awaiting for more details regarding the incident.

“AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and the rest of the AFP extends their deepest condolences and prayers to Brig. Gen. Lucero’s wife, Maria Consuelo, and daughter Paula Divina,” AFP public affairs office chief Major Ramon Zagala said.

Lucero is a member of Philippine Military Class of 1983.

The former was appointed to head the 1st Infantry Division only last April 22.

He headed the 1002nd Infantry Brigade before assuming command of the latter unit.

As former battalion commander based in Basilan, Lucero led the assault against the Abu Sayyaf in May 2001 for kidnapping more than 20 Filipino and foreign tourists from Dos Palmas in Palawan. (PNA)

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