MANILA – The father of comedian Jeffrey Tam was found dead in Quezon province on Tuesday.
Alfredo Francisco Tam, 67, was found dead on the side of the road at the boundary of Tayabas and Lucena cities at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Tayabas Police said a witness told them that the older Tam's body was dumped on the roadside by a yellow Isuzu Crosswind.
Investigators also found bloody tire marks on the road, suggesting that the victim was run over by a vehicle.
The yellow vehicle, which turned out to be owned by the victim, was later found in Barangay Mayao Crossing in Lucena.
Police said the car's interiors also had streaks of blood. A heavy-duty wire cutter believed to be used in killing the victim was also recovered.
"Unang napansin nung caller natin na may isang sasakyan na kulay dilaw na naka park dun sa right shoulder ng provincial road facing the route going to Tayabas City proper… Mga ilang minuto ng mapansin niya, yung sasakyan nasa left shoulder naman ng provincial road facing Lucena City," said Superintendent Giovanni Hycenth Caliao, Tayabas Police chief.
The younger Tam, also known for being a magician, said he and his family are at a loss right now over the death of his father.
"Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mararamdaman ko ngayon kung galit. Gusto kong maghiganti, ipag-pasa Diyos ko. Wala, tuliro ako sa totoo lang... Napakabait ho ng tatay ko, wala hong inargabyadong tao iyan. Masakit, sobra, sobra ho, hindi ko matatanggap," Tam told ABS-CBN Regional Network Group.
"Sana sa lahat ng gumawa nito sa tatay ko, matakot kayo sa diyos. May pamilya din naman kayo, I'm sure may tatay din kayo, bakit niyo naman ginawa sa tatay ko ito? Walang kalaban-laban, ang sakit."
Police are dismissing robbery as the motive behind the killing, as the victim's valuables were not taken from him.
Investigators said before the older Tam was found dead, he was seen dropping by the restaurant of his brother in Lucena City. The victim was reported to have alighted his car driven by an unidentified person.
In a separate interview on ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda," Tam said he and his family remain clueless as to who could have killed his father.
"As of now, wala kaming maisip kasi ang tatay ko walang kaaway iyan kaya nagulat ako nung tinawag sa akin ang balita, nasa Manila pa ako. Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang imbestigasyon ng pulis," a weeping Tam said.
The victim had been staying in Quezon to supervise the development of a subdivision entrusted to him by his brother, the comedian said.
"Every end of the month umuuwi siya para makita kami. Sa bahay mag-isa lang siya… Doon mismo sa loob ng subdivision ang opisina pero ang bahay niya hindi sa loob ng subdivision," the younger Tam said.
Tam, who is still grieving over the death of his friend, fellow comedian Arvin "Tado" Jimenez, appealed for prayers as he deals with another loss.
"Wala na po akong hinihiling kung hindi ipag-dasal niyo ang aking ama. Pilit kong sinasabi sa sarili ko, 'Kung magaling kang madyikero, buhayin mo ang tatay mo.' Hindi ko magawa, hindi ko po magawa," said Tam, sobbing. – with a report from Cesca Joves, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog