A Japanese man visiting the Philippines has fallen victim to robbery and fatal stabbing by five men. The 60-year old Katsushige Fujinaga was in Bulacan, a province near Manila, visiting his Filipino girlfriend when the men tried to rob him.
Fujinaga was a frequent traveler to the Philippines, as he and his 32-year old girlfriend had been in a relationship for more than 10 years already. He had just arrived in the country and was on his way to visit her when the attack took place. According to officer Florante Lasco, who was in charge of the initial investigation, they have identified the main suspect to be the driver of Fujinaga’s girlfriend. The driver had been asked to pick up the Japanese visitor from the airport and take him to Bulacan on the day of the incident. Officer Lasco added that the suspects only wanted Fujinaga’s cash and valuables, and planned to keep him unharmed, but “Fujinaga resisted when they were aiming for his bag. That’s why he was stabbed. But the original plan was only to stab him.”
Fujinaga died from multiple stab wounds caused by a double-edged kitchen knife, an ice pick and a butterfly knife, which were all recovered from the suspect. Police have already taken into custody three of the suspects, while two others still remain at large. The three have already been charged with robbery with homicide at the local prosecutor’s office last Wednesday.
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