Japanese Executive Killed In Central Philippines’ Cebu Island

November 13, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

CEBU CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 13, 2007) – A Japanese executive was killed in a gun attack Tuesday in the central Filipino province of Cebu, police said.

Police said two unidentified motorcycle gunmen ambushed Hiroshi Kosaka, 49, at a stop light on a highway in Mandaue City while on his way to the airport.

Kosaka, owner of the Hong Kong Travel and Tours in Cebu province, was with his Filipino girlfriend identified only by the police as Bianca, and a driver, Efren Rosales, when ambushed, police said.

Senior Superintendent Rodel Calungsod, city police force, ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of the foreigner.

“His two companions were unhurt in the attack,” a police officer, Gilbert dela Cruz, of the Mandaue City Police Office, told the Mindanao Examiner.“Investigations are going on and we still don’t know the motive of the killing.”

He said Kosaka’s car was heavily tinted and that he was sitting at the rear with his girlfriend, when the gunmen, both wearing a crash helmet, opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol killing the Japanese. Kosaka was to return to Japan when killed.

Extra-judicial killings are rampant in Cebu, a favorite holiday destination by Japanese and Koreans. (Mindanao Examiner)

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