MANILA - An American national was found dead inside a hotel in EDSA-Guadalupe Nuevo in Makati City on Friday afternoon, police said.
The victim, identified as 59-year-old Gordon Matthew Gale, was found dead inside his room by hotel staff at around 3 p.m.
Initial investigation showed that Gale checked into the Sogo hotel at 1:37 p.m. on Thursday. He was supposed to check out the next day.
Hotel staff said they called Gale supposedly to remind him of his check-out time, but nobody answered the phone.
This prompted them to check on Gale in his room.
There they found the lifeless body of the victim, lying face down on the bed.
Recovered beside him was a .38-caliber pistol.
Police are investigating if Gale committed suicide or there was foul play in the incident.
Police said the victim's body, which was brought to Funeraria Veronica, will undergo autopsy.
Meanwhile, authorities are now coordinating with the US Embassy to inform Gale's family about the incident. -- Reports from Zandro Ochona, dzMM; Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News