Bank exec dead af­ter fall­ing from 31st floor

Tempo - - Front Page - By GLENDEL NAZARIO

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of the 57-year-old Landbank of­fi­cial who al­legedly fell from the 31st down to the 9th floor of a res­i­den­tial build­ing in Malate, Manila Fri­day morn­ing.

The life­less body iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Atty. Mar­cial Bi­tan­cor, 57, Head of Landbank Agrar­ian Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter at Re­gion 5 in Legazpi City was found at the pool area lo­cated at the 9th floor.

Bi­tan­cor, who was clad in white shirt and brown pants suf­fered from se­vere head in­juries, with his up­per and lower ex­trem­i­ties dis­lo­cated, po­lice said.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the victim was bil­leted with four oth­ers at unit 31H at the 31st floor of the build­ing on Thurs­day at 9:40 p.m.

The fol­low­ing day at 7:45 a.m., the four left and went to the con­fer­ence room at the 26th floor leav­ing the victim at the unit. At 8:29 a.m., one of Bi­tan­cor’s work­mates Fabian Jacob went back to their room to ask for lodg­ing pay­ment from Mar­cial but the lat­ter was not there, po­lice said.

Jacob thought the victim was only sleep­ing at the other bed­room which was locked from the in­side. This was un­til he went back to the con­fer­ence room and learned of the news of a man who fell to the 9th floor.

He im­me­di­ately sought as­sis­tance from the house­keeper to open the locked bed­room and found out that it was Bi­tan­cor who had died.

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