July 24th, 2024

2 Australians and a Filipina killed in Philippine hotel, officials say

By The Associated Press on July 11, 2024.

A man walks outside the Lake Hotel in Tagaytay city, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, July 11, 2024. Two Australian nationals and a Filipina companion were killed at the Lake Hotel and police efforts were underway to identify and track down suspects, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) – Two Australian nationals and their Filipina companion were killed in a hotel in a popular resort city south of the Philippine capital, and police were trying to identify and track down the suspects, officials said Thursday.

A hotel worker found the bodies of the victims, whose hands and feet were tied, in a room at the Lake Hotel in Tagaytay city, south of Manila on Wednesday, according to a police statement.

Police did not identify the victims or provide other details of what it said was a “murder incident.”

“We were shocked by this incident,” Tagaytay Mayor Abraham Tolentino said, apologizing to the families of the victims. “We’re very sorry to our Australian friends. We will resolve this as soon as possible.”

The victims were believed to be a man in his 50s from Australia, his Philippine-born partner and her Filipina relative.

Investigators were interviewing witnesses and examining security cameras at the hotel which could help identify the suspect or suspects, Tolentino said without elaborating.

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