MANILA (UPDATE) - Retired police officer Rodolfo 'Boogie' Mendoza, one of the Philippines' top intelligence experts, passed away on Wednesday.
Mendoza was rushed to the Jesus Nazarene General Hospital after experiencing difficulty breathing on Wednesday morning and later died due to a heart attack, his daughter Aizza Mendoza told ABS-CBN News.
He was a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1978 and was regarded as the father of counter-terrorism investigation in the Philippines.
Mendoza is widely credited for his work in foiling a terrorist plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II when the latter visited Manila in 1995.
Following his retirement, Mendoza headed the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence, and Terrorism Research along with Banlaoi.
A wake will be held for Mendoza in his home in Bugallon, Pangasinan.
His daughter said the retired police officer's remains will be interred in a public ceremony in Bugallon beside the grave of his mother just as he wished.
Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, in a statement, said the police force "is saddened by the untimely death of an icon of military and police intelligence."
"Sir Boogie’s exploits in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism served as inspiration to us, his juniors. May he rest in peace," he said.
-- reports from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News