Oct 11, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Taiwan trying to learn the identities of three dead in Philippines
Taiwan's representative office in the Philippines is trying to ascertain the identities of three people found dead in central Luzon in the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
According to Philippine media, the three suspected Taiwanese, along with another believed to be Chinese, were found dead in two locations in the region's Pampanga Province.
The ministry has asked the office to maintain close contact with police of the Philippines to stay abreast of the progress of the investigation.
ABS-CBN News reported that a farmer found the three bodies -- one woman and two men -- near a sugar cane farm at around 6:30 a.m., and gave their ages as between 30 and 35.
The news report did not say why it concluded that the dead were from Taiwan.
At around 9 a.m., police checked an abandoned SUV in the province and found the fourth man's body bearing multiple stab wounds.
Another TV station TV5 also reported the deaths, and said the police were investigating whether drugs were involved.
If the drugs angle is confirmed, it will mean that extrajudicial killings for perceived drug offenses have expanded to include foreigners.
Since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office on June 30, he has waged a rigorous crackdown on drugs, stressing that if suspects refuse to surrender or endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, they could be shot.
Figures in early October indicate that during raids over the past three months, police have shot dead more than 1,300 drug traffickers.
In addition, more than 2,000 people have been murdered by unidentified vigilante death squads.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel