Police are investigating hyperlinks to Japanese Yakuza crime gangs after two tourists from the nation have been shot, cut into pieces and thrown into the sea in Palawan.
A Japanese man has been arrested for the grisly homicide which occurred throughout an island-hopping sight-seeing journey on May 30.
Murder charges have been filed in opposition to Hiroyuki Nagahama, aged 55, for the killing of Yoshihiro Arai, 24, and Masaru Itani, 59.
It is alleged that Nagahama ordered members of a neighborhood gang referred to as the Commando Brotherhood to shoot Arai and Itani on the island of West Galoc earlier than dumping their our bodies within the ocean.
Nagahama, a local of Osaka, denies the allegations. While being filmed in his cell by the Japanese Fuji News Network not too long ago, he shouted: “I didn’t do it! Listen to me!”
Police have additionally arrested 5 alleged members of the gang, together with Michael Suangco, a tour boat operator, in relation to the crime.
“We threw them, piece by piece, into the water,” mentioned Suangco, who added that one of many different suspects threatened to kill him if he didn’t assist load the physique components onto his boat.
Jose Alvarez, the governor of Palawan, mentioned police had discovered proof that a variety of life insurance coverage insurance policies have been taken out within the names of each victims, a attainable motive nonetheless underneath investigation.
Gabriel Lopez, Palawan chief of police, mentioned his company was investigating whether or not Nagahama had ties to organised crime in Japan. “He was not satisfied with just killing the victims so he even ordered the boat sunk,” he mentioned. “We are coordinating with other agencies to establish possible links with the yakuza.”
Police mentioned Nagahama was an everyday customer to Palawan, having arrange a variety of eating places within the city of El Nido and Coron.
Nagahama stays in custody and investigations are persevering with.