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PH embassy still verifying report on 2nd Pinoy arrested in Japan - DFA
PH embassy still verifying report on 2nd Pinoy arrested in Japan - DFA
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PH embassy still verifying report on 2nd Pinoy arrested in Japan - DFA
by Christhel Cuazon23 January 2024

The Philippine Embassy is still verifying the reports that another Filipino was arrested in connection with the discovery of two corpses in Tokyo, Japan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

In an interview, DFA Undersecretary Eduardo de Vega mentioned that the Philippines embassy in Tokyo is still checking the report.

In a news article, Kyodo News identified the arrested man as Bryan Jefferson Lising dela Cruz, 33, who allegedly abandoned the bodies filled with multiple stab wounds of Norihiro Takahashi and Kimie.

"He has admitted to the allegations following his arrest Monday, according to the police," the media organization said.

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Tokyo police had said that dela Cruz conspired with an acquaintance, Hazel Ann Baguisa Morales, the Filipina who was first arrested last January 19.

Morales, however, denied that she abandoned the couple's corpses.

According to de Vega, the Filipina is not yet being accused of killing the couple but only of abandoning them. However, abandonment of bodies is punishable by up to three years imprisonment in Japan.

As per the Tokyo police, dela Cruz was allegedly seen with an individual in the vicinity of the Japanese couple's house last January 16, three days before the incident.

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The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) earlier vowed to extend assistance to the Filipina.

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