World News ‘Murder incident’: DFAT assisting after two Australians found dead in the Philippines, mayor apologises Blog

Philippine police say two Australians were murdered in a popular resort south of Manila before a hotel employee found their bodies bound in a room.

Three people – an Australian, his Philippine-born partner and her Filipino relative – were found dead in a room at the Lake Hotel in Tagaytay City, a police statement told the Associated Press.

According to local media, a resort employee found the three victims in a room where their hands and feet were bound with insulation tape and shoelaces.

A man possibly linked to her death was caught on video entering the hotel on Wednesday morning, but was discovered by staff later in the day because he had not checked out of the resort.

The trio’s faces were reportedly taped together.

“Surveillance camera footage showed a male suspect wearing a black hoodie, maroon shorts, sneakers and carrying a backpack leaving the victims’ room and heading toward the hotel exit,” the media company said.

The man, whom police are currently trying to identify, was reportedly seen by a security guard with a hotel key card.

The cause of death is unknown.

The incident has been labelled a “murder case” as police continue to search for anyone connected to the deaths.

Tagaytay Mayor Abraham Tolentino told AP the community was “shocked” by her death.

“Our condolences go out to our Australian friends,” he said. “We will sort this out as soon as possible.”

The Australian couple are believed to have been in their 50s, while the third victim was in his early thirties.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance after their bodies were found in the Philippines.

A DFAT spokesman said no further details would be released due to the department’s data protection obligations.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the families of two Australians who died in the Philippines,” he said.

“We express our sincere condolences to the families during this difficult time.”

Leave a Comment