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Three Filipinos held for 'dumping' Japanese man at sea

Published on Aug 14, 2014 9:36 PM
 

MANILA (AFP) - Three Filipino men have been detained after confessing to dumping the bodies of a missing Japanese man and his Filipina girlfriend at sea, the justice department said Thursday.

The men disposed of the bodies of Japanese businessman Yuji Okada and his girlfriend in early July on the orders of a Filipino suspect who remains at large, the department's National Bureau of Investigation said.

The men initially buried the bodies on a sandy riverbank east of Manila, but later dug them up after a stray dog disturbed the site, said senior investigator Joel Tovera.

"They loaded the bodies on a boat and sailed to Polillo island, where the by then bloated bodies were strapped to sandbags and dropped into the water," he told a news conference.

 
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