Ex-VP Guingona’s grandson falls to his death in Muntinlupa City

October 27, 2011 9:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 27 — The 20-year old grandson of former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr., fell to his death from the 31st floor of a hotel in Muntinlupa City before dawn on Thursday.

Police chief inspector Jenny Tecson identified the victim as Martin “Marc” Guingona-Lamb, a 4th year college student at the De La Salle University (DLSU) and a resident of 29 San Antonio St., Magallanes Village, Makati City.

Lamb was a nephew of Sen. Teofisto Guingona III and son of the senator's sister, Marie Guingona Lamb. Their father is former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr.

Tecson, quoting a report from case investigator SPO2 Rodel Torres, said that at around 2:45 a.m. the young Lamb fell to his death from the 31st floor of the Vivere Suites (formerly Richville Regency Hotel)

He was found dead on the pavement outside the Vivere Suites, a classy five-star hotel located at the corner of Bridgeway Avenue and Asean Drive at the Filinvest Corporate City.

Initial investigation conducted by the police showed that the victim, together with close friend, Enrique Miguel, 22, of 507 Talisay Street, Ayala Alabang Village, were seen drinking beer at the sky lounge on the 31st floor of the building.

Miguel told investigators that he left and went ahead of the victim to get a car parked at the hotel’s basement where they were supposed to meet, but that he was surprised to see his friend’s body lying on the ground.

Tecson said investigators are still conducting further investigations to determine if suicide or foul play led to the victim’s death, adding that the Muntinlupa police had already requested the assistance of the SPD Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) investigators that would conduct the technical aspect of the incident.

Lamb’s remains have been brought to Rizal Funeral Homes for an autopsy while arrangements are being made for the wake at Santuario de San Antonio Church in Forbes Park, Makati.

In a statement, the victim’s mother, Marie Guingona Lamb said their family was devastated by the death of her son as she appealed to the public to give them time to mourn in private.

“I am devastated and broken-hearted at the untimely and accidental death of my beloved Marc. As I am on my way back from Mindanao with my mother, Marc was surrounded by his father, grandfather, uncles, aunts and cousins. We are grateful for the outpouring of love, condolences and prayers from family and friends and we would appreciate to be allowed to grieve in private,” her statement said.

The victim’s uncle, Senator Teofisto Guingona III also echoed the appeal of her sister.

"I was informed that his death may have been brought about by personal concerns. We understand that Marc was young and may have been unable to bear the burden of such concerns. The intensity of his pain was known only to him," Guingona’s statement said.

The lawmaker also asked that his family be given privacy while mourning the death of his nephew.

“In times like these, our family hopes that we can, mourn, go through and process the pain of this tragic experience in private. We also hope that Marc would be allowed his own privacy in his last moments,” Senator Guingona added. (PNA)

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