MANILA, Philippines - Investigators on Thursday said a Japanese national and his girlfriend were killed inside their home last June 28 and their bodies dumped near Polilio Island three days later.
Attorney Joel Tovera of the National Bureau of Investigation's Death Investigation Division presented three men who allegedly participated in the dumping of the bodies of victims Yuji Okada and his girlfriend, Honeylyn Cirunay.
Okada was reportedly an executive of an appliance firm and owned several apartments.
Tovera said the three men surrendered to the NBI and admitted that the bodies were dumped in the sea off Polilio Island last July 1, 2014.
In a press briefing, the NBI official said the killing of Okada and Cirunay was first narrated by Don Niel dela Peña, who is the father of Don Raleigh Reyes - a suspect in the killing; and a certain Manny Tolentino.
He said dela Peña was able to talk to his son who allegedly confessed to the killing.
Tovera said the victims were inside their home in Parañaque City last June 28 when Cirunay had an argument with Okada's 19-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley, who was four months pregnant.
Ashley's boyfriend, Don Raleigh Reyes, was inside the house.
"Naitulak nung girlfriend ni Yuji Okada yung girlfriend ni Don na four months pregnant. Nung pagkakataon na yun, yung boyfriend ni Ashley nasakal niya si [Cirunay]. Namatay," he said.
He said Okada tried to stop Reyes but he was also killed. Reyes was reportedly not alone during the killing.
"Lumalabas po sa ating teorya na hindi lang dalawa ang nakadisgrasya dito," Tovera said.
'BODIES BURIED, DUG UP AGAIN'
The NBI official said Reyes allegedly called his father who came to the crime scene and put the bodies in the trunk of his car.
They then went to Manila and called a certain Manny Tolentino, allegedly a member of the Guardians.
Tolentino then brought the bodies to Quezon province in the evening of June 30 where he met with the three men.
Tovera said Tolentino told one of the men: "May itatapon tayong basura."
The bodies were then dumped into a hole near a river and the hole covered with sand.
However, the three men had to dig up the bodies again after a dog allegedly found a blanket used to wrap up the bodies of the victims.
Local police in Infanta, Quezon also made an investigation but did not find the bodies.
"Nag-decide silang tatlo na hukayin uli yung mga bangkay. Ikinarga nila sa balsa, nag travel sila one hour papunta sa
Polilio Island. Tinalian nila ng sandbags yung mga bangkay na bloated at itinapon nila sa dagat," Tovera said.
In the press briefing, one of the men said he was bothered by his conscience about the dumping of the bodies, prompting him to come forward.
Meanwhile, Tovera said Okada's lawyer claimed there was "evident premeditation" in the murder.
Tovera said kasambahays in the Okada household testified that Okada's stepdaughter had earlier bragged that she could have her stepfather killed anytime.
He said there was also talk of a settlement between Okada and the stepdaughter.
If the allegations are true, he said the stepdaughter could face parricide charges while the boyfriend could face murder charges. He refused to say if the stepdaughter masterminded the crime.