CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct) — Two Swiss nationals were gunned down outside a local beach resort in Opol town, Misamis Oriental Sunday afternoon.
Police identified the victims as Robert Erich Loever, 67, and Baltazar Johann Erni, 78, both residents of Xavier Estates, Barangay Balulang here.
Senior Inspector Alwin Baclao, Opol police chief, said the two foreigners were gunned down near the entrance of D. Yasay Beach Resort in Opol at around 1 p.m.
“The two victims were with their Filipina (partners) when three gunmen came to the scene and then opened fire at the victims. Instantly both Loever and Erni died from several gunshot wounds in the body and forehead,” said Baclao.
Baclao added that the foreigners’ female companions would be essential in the investigation of the shooting.
“They said that the gunmen did not wear any mask or did not even cover their faces when they approached and opened fire at the victims and accordingly casually just walked out of the scene right after the shooting,” he said.
Police investigators learned that prior to the incident the couples had lunch at the nearby resort.
Baclao said they were still trying to reach relatives of the victims or the Swiss Embassy in Makati City, Metro Manila.
Local radio reported that Loever’s fiancée named Teresita is five months pregnant and with Erni was his girlfriend, Rowelyn Jane Odchigue.
ABS-CBN News reported Tereita as Erni’s fiancée..(Erwin Mascarinas / MindaNews)