Baron’s daugh­ter killed in Manila

> At­tack­ers ac­cuse Bri­tish cit­i­zen of be­ing ‘drug pusher for celebri­ties’

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MANILA: A daugh­ter of the late Bri­tish baron Lord Moyni­han has been killed in the Philip­pines where the gov­ern­ment is wag­ing a deadly war on drugs, po­lice said on Mon­day.

Maria Aurora Moyni­han, 45, was shot by un­known at­tack­ers who left her by the side of a Manila street on Sept 10, au­thor­i­ties said.

Her killers left a card­board sign ac­cus­ing Moyni­han of be­ing a “drug pusher for celebri­ties”, Chief In­spec­tor Tito Jay Cu­den said.

The vic­tim was on bail while fac­ing charges of pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal drugs fol­low­ing a Fe­bru­ary 2013 sub­ur­ban Manila po­lice raid.

“Wit­nesses told us they heard a se­ries of gun­shots, then saw a ve­hi­cle leav­ing the area. They did not see its li­cence plates,” Cu­den said.

CCTV footage aired on lo­cal tele­vi­sion net­work ABS-CBN showed a ve­hi­cle stop and open its door on the de­serted part of the street where the body was later found.

“She’s con­sid­ered a drug per­son­al­ity,” Cu­den said.

No ar­rests have been made and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing, he added.

About 3,000 peo­ple have been killed since June 30 when Ro­drigo Duterte be­gan his pres­i­dency and pro­ceeded to ful­fil his cam­paign prom­ise to kill 100,000 crim­i­nals and stop the coun­try’s slide to be­com­ing a “narco-state”.

A third of them died at the hands of po­lice, while the rest were con­sid­ered “deaths un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

Cu­den said the vic­tim, who held dual Bri­tish and Filipino na­tion­al­ity, is a daugh­ter of the third Baron Moyni­han of Leeds, who died in 1991 in Manila where he ran a string of broth­els.

An­thony Pa­trick An­drew Cairnes Berke­ley Moyni­han fled to the Philip­pines in the late 1960s while fac­ing a string of fraud al­le­ga­tions in Bri­tain.

The Bri­tish em­bassy in Manila said it would is­sue a com­ment on the case later.

Maria’s sis­ter, film ac­tress Mari­toni Fer­nan­dez, is­sued a brief state­ment on ABSCBN last week ex­press­ing the fam­ily’s “deep shock” over the killing and plead­ing for pri­vacy to mourn the death. – AFP

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Hall lis­tens to a ques­tion from the me­dia be­fore leav­ing the Bangkok South Crim­i­nal Court af­ter hear­ing the ver­dict yes­ter­day.

In this handout photo, Maria’s body is seen on a road­side with a plac­ard ac­cus­ing her of ped­dling drugs to the fa­mous.

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