Ja­panese busi­ness­man killed for in­sur­ance money?

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - Rey Galupo

A Ja­panese busi­ness­man died and his Filipino com­pan­ion was wounded in an am­bush in Er­mita, Manila on Thurs­day night.

Probers said Seiki Mizuno, 48, who was bil­leted at the So­laire Ho­tel and Casino in Pasay, could have been killed for in­sur­ance money.

Manila Po­lice District (MPD) di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Joel Napoleon Coronel said Mizuno’s com­pan­ion, John Des­barro, 48, of Ba­coor, Cavite, was grazed by a bul­let in the head.

Coronel said Mizuno ar­rived from Ja­pan on Thurs­day af­ter­noon to meet with the ex­ec­u­tives of Oak­wave Philip­pines Corp.

Prior to the am­bush, po­lice said Mizuno and other Ja­panese busi­ness­men met in a restau­rant near the Quirino Grand­stand. They left in four ve­hi­cles at past 8 p.m., po­lice said.

Mizuno, his three Ja­panese com­pan­ions, Des­barro and driver Roland Sings­ing were in a white Toy­ota Al­phard van (UHQ-319) on their way back to the ho­tel when two men on a mo­tor­cy­cle opened fire at the corner of Roxas Boule­vard and Cuar­te­les street in Er­mita.

After hear­ing the shots, Sings­ing rammed the cen­ter is­land. But the gun­men fol­lowed them and shot Mizuno at close range.

After mak­ing sure that Mizuno was dead, the as­sailants fled to­ward Parañaque.

Coronel ruled out that it was a case of mis­taken iden­tity “be­cause the sus­pects seemed to know their target.”

He said they in­vited the Ja­panese busi­ness­men, whose iden­ti­ties were with­held, to shed light on the killing.

The MPD will co­or­di­nate with the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion to de­ter­mine if Mizuno ar­rived in the coun­try alone.

Po­lice said it was pos­si­ble that one of the vic­tim’s com­pan­ions could be the mas­ter­mind.

Coronel said they would also check Mizuno’s back­ground with the Ja­panese em­bassy.

JOVEN CAGANDE

Po­lice probers in­spect the body of Seiki Mizuno in Manila on Thurs­day night.

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