Frenchman, family found dead on Philippine tourist island: police

Chinee Palatino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2016 06:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2016 10:22 AM

PALAWAN - A Frenchman, his Pinay wife and their five-year-old son were found dead inside a pickup truck parked along Narra, Palawan highway last Wednesday.

Police said 3 spent shells were found in the vehicle.

The French national was in the driver’s seat when found, his wife in the rear passenger seat and his son lying on the floor of the rear passenger seat.

The French victim was identified as Jean Marc Messina, 54, with his 25-year-old wife Jewelyn Emscel Venturillo Messina and their five-year-old son Guiliano Venturillo Messina.

The white pickup truck was parked at Kilometer 93 in Narra, Palawan - about 80 kilometers away from Puerto Princesa City.

According to the locals, the vehicle was seen in the site since Monday, January 25, 5pm. But it was only last Wednesday when some residents discovered that there were dead people inside.

The Filipina victim's mother said she was just with the family last Sunday January 24 at their house in Puerto Princesa.

"They were heading to Berong (in Quezon, Palawan) to collect money from an individual, " the Filipina victim's mother said.

"It was worth 3 million pesos," she added

She said she could no longer contact them come Monday.

Palawan police investigators are still determining the motive behind the killings.

The bodies were sent to the police laboratory for autopsy.

Many Westerners live on Palawan, one of the country's major tourist draws and famed for its wildlife, white-sand beaches, scuba diving sites and archaeological sites.

Camille Conde, press attache of the French embassy in Manila, said the local authorities notified its consul over the deaths.

"We're still figuring out what happened to the family," Conde told AFP. With Agence France-Presse