THE Department of Foreign Affairs is ready to provide legal assistance to the two Filipinos who are being held in Japan in connection with the murder of a Japanese couple near Tokyo.
Quoting Japanese police, Japanese media identified the Filipino suspects as Hazel Ann Baguisa Morales and Bryan Jefferson Lising dela Cruz.
However, the DFA refused to identify the Filipino suspects and provide more details about the case, citing strict data privacy laws in Japan.
According to Kyodo News, a Japanese couple was found dead inside their residence in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward last week. They were found on the bathroom floor in their home with multiple stab wounds.
Japanese investigators said the injuries of the 55-year old victim Norihiro Takahashi indicated that he struggled before he died. The wife, identified as Kimie, also died from stab wounds.
Tokyo police first arrested the 30-year old Filipina after being sighted in the CCTV camera in the vicinity of the house of the Japanese couple last January 16. Morales is reportedly the girlfriend of the son of the slain Japanese couple.
“Morales denies the allegations, investigators said,” Kyodo reported.
Then the police arrested Dela Cruz, apparently an “acquaintance of Morales.”
The Filipino is a technical trainee from Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.
Japanese media reported that the two Filipinos might face charges of “corpse abandonment.”
The Penal Code of Japan criminalizes the act of abandoning a corpse, with at least three years of prison terms.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs assures the public that all efforts will be made so that the rights of our nationals will be protected,” DFA spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza told reporters.