DFA: South Korea authorities hunting Filipino suspect in murder case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — The bones of a Filipino worker were found in a purifying tank in South Korea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Friday on CNN Philippines’s Newsroom.

DFA spokesman Elmer Cato said South Korean authorities suspect this is a case of murder committed by another Filipino.

“The Philippine Embassy in Seoul has actually been working with police authorities there in South Korea regarding the case of the Filipino factory worker who has been missing for two years,” said DFA spokesperson Elmer Cato.

Cato said the country’s authorities asked help from the Philippine Embassy in Seoul in identifying the skeletal remains found in the tank early April.

Its DNA matched with samples submitted by the 34-year old victim’s family in the Philippines, he said.

Cato added that there were four Filipinos suspected to be involved in the killing, but evidence lead to one Filipino as the main suspect.

“According to the (South Korean) police, the suspect is in the Philippines and they have requested the assistance of the Philippine National Police and Interpol,” he said.

DFA, however, said they have no information yet on the possible motivation in the killing.

CNN Philippines’ Rex Remitio contributed to this report