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Monday, July 28, 2008

3 Koreans killed in Olongapo

OLONGAPO CITY -- Three Korean nationals, including a 10-year-old girl, were found dead inside their house early morning on Sunday in Barangay Kabalan, this city.

Suspected robbers broke into the house and stabbed to death a grandmother, her daughter and 10-year-old granddaughter, police said.

The assailants attacked the victims and rifled through drawers for valuables after breaking into the house through an air conditioning unit's opening before dawn, local police Chief Abelardo Villacorta said.

The victims included Chang Suk-hi, 54, who was found sprawled on the floor of a room with stab wounds in the neck.

Her daughter, Yo Sun, 35, and 10-year-old granddaughter Hanuel Beak, were found stabbed to death on a bed in the same room. The two were naked and apparently had been raped, Villacorta added.

The police official said the 11-year-old son of Sun was able to survive the attack probably because the suspects might not have seen him sleeping at the dining room of the house.

"He was even the one who told the caretaker to call the police and led the caretaker inside the room were his grandma, mother and sister were murdered," he said.

Villacorta also said prior to the incident, the family had been receiving death threats from unknown persons. They were also visited by armed men who were extorting money from them.

The victims' house is located at the isolated Iram Resettlement site, which was set up for evacuees of Mt. Pinatubo in the early 90's.

Neighbors of the victims said they heard the dogs of the victims barking at 3 a.m. Sunday, but did not hear any commotion inside the house as it was raining.

Police investigators have yet to establish the identities of the suspects.

Kabalan is near the former US Subic naval base, which has been transformed into an industrial and tourism estate. Many South Koreans have opened businesses and factories in the sprawling estate. (Anthony Bayarong/With AP/Sunnex)
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3 kin of Korean contractor slain

OLONGAPO CITY – The wife, daughter and grandmother of a former Korean contractor of Subic shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. were stabbed dead in their house here before dawn yesterday.

Former Hanjin contractor Henry Choi, said to be in Korea, has received death threats due to the dismissal of several Hanjin workers, police said.

The attackers took Choi’s cash and killed his wife, Yo Sun, 35; daughter Hanuel Baek, 10; and grandma Chank Hung Hi, 54.

Choi’s son, Sangkheol Beak, 11, reported the crime to the police.

Probers said mother and daughter were molested before they were killed. – Ric Sapnu - PhilStar

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