Japanese trader killed, Pinoy bizman hurt by RIT gunmen

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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A Japanese businessman, who had just arrived in the country, was killed while his Filipino companion was wounded when riding-in-tandem suspects fired at them along Roxas Boulevard in Ermita, Manila.

Seiki Mizuno, 48, currently billeted at the Solaire Hotel in Pasay City, died on the spot. He was said to have arrived in the country just this Thursday to attend a business transaction with Filipino businessman John Ong Desbarro, president of the Oakwave Philippines Corporation, which is reportedly into the manufacture of cable harness for various gadgets. Desbarro was wounded in the incident.

A probe by the Manila Police District-Homicide section showed that the shooting took place at 8:25 p.m. at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Cuarteles Street in Ermita.

The victims were aboard a Toyota Alphard (UHQ-319), along with four others -- three Japanese and one Filipino -- when two men aboard a lone motorcycle stopped beside their vehicle.

One of the suspects fired at the driver, identified as Rolando Singsing, but missed and then proceeded to shoot the occupants. Mizuno got hit fatally. The others were unscathed.
Singsing, company driver of Oakwave Philippines, told police that they just had dinner and were on their way back to their hotel when the incident happened.
The suspects sped toward the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard and remain unidentified.