According to a story on Unang Balita on Wednesday, two visitors — a Filipino and a female Australian national — were found dead inside a hotel in Boracay.
According to the initial probe by the Malay, Aklan police station, the visitors were identified as Dennis Yu, 44, and Maria Cecilia Jellicode. The two had injuries that indicated their deaths were not caused by natural reasons.
The bodies were discovered by a hotel employee who was preparing to remind the two of their checkout time.
Yu, according to his identification card, is a Filipino, but Jellicode had an Australian passport.
The Malay police commander, Lt. Col. Don Dicksie De Dios, said they are still waiting for autopsy results to determine the couple’s cause of death.
However, based on security camera footage and other security data, he said there was no evidence that a third person had entered the room.
“Their belongings, including cash, jewelry, laptop computers, and cellphones are intact,” De Dios told the INQUIRER in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
He declined to disclose any other details because the inquiry is still continuing.
The couple’s remains were discovered alongside one other on the floor of their hotel room in Barangay Balabag about noon on Monday.
Female Australian national, Filipino found dead inside Boracay hotel
According to De Dios, they came on the island on March 13 and had allegedly prolonged their stay. They were supposed to check out on Monday.
The two’s cause of death has yet to be determined. Antigen tests were performed on both of them.
Following the event, police in the neighborhood was on high alert.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) expects that the number of arriving passengers would continuously increase this summer season.
According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, they project that the total average daily arrivals will reach 12,000 or more for all international airports nationwide.
“During the first week of the implementation of the loosened travel restrictions, we saw a rise from around 6,000 arrivals to around 8,000 arrivals per day,” said Morente. “These figures, which are a mix of Filipinos and foreign arrivals, rose steadily through the weeks,” he added.