Daiana Menezes husband Benjo Benaldo failed suicide attempt?

Did Cagayan de Oro representative Benjo Benaldo, husband of Brazilian actress and model Daiana Menezes, shoot himself in an apparent suicide attempt?

Rep Benjo Benaldo with Daiana Menezes
Rep. Benjo Benaldo with Daiana Menezes (Photo by: Cong. Miro Quimbo)
On June 27, Benaldo was found in his office at the House of Representatives with a gunshot wound. Reports said the incident took place around 8pm Thursday.

A report on PEP.ph says two suicide notes and P100,000 cash were found on top of the solon’s table. One of the suicide notes allegedly stated that the money would be used to cover cremation costs, an unnamed source told the news and entertainment website.

An excerpt of the note, according to the site’s source, states:

“This is the money for my cremation please cremate... my death is for electoral reform sana mabago na sistema.”

The content of the purported second note was unknown.

Earlier reports said investigators also found a 9-mm pistol on Benaldo’s table. An ABS-CBN News report says the lawmaker’s gun is licensed, but his ‘permit to carry’ already expired in March last year. Police had reportedly ruled out foul play in the shooting incident.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte reportedly said that Benaldo got depressed after losing his bid for re-election.

“Benaldo sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which indicated he attempted to take his own life,” said Belmonte, one of Benaldo’s colleagues who visited him first at the hospital.

According to the report, the House Speaker said Benaldo is in a “stable condition” and is receiving treatment at the St. Luke’s Medical Center, with wife Daiana by his side.