Taiwanese suspected of killing transgender person in Philippines

A Taiwanese man was arrested on charges of killing his transgender companion, stuffing the body in a traveling bag and dumping it in the Philippines, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

The suspect is currently being held at a police department in Pasay, while Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines has sent delegates to visit and understand the case, reported the Central News Agency (CNA).

Filipino media reported that Jason Lee, a “Chinese tourist” in his mid-30’s, confessed at a Pasay police department to “repeatedly stabbing (his companion) John Leo Tabara … in a fit of rage,” as the victim kept asking him for money.

Yet, the CNA found that the suspect was actually a 25-year-old Taiwanese man surnamed Tsai, who stabbed to death his transgender cohabitant, Robert William Reilly.

The suspect stated that he and the victim were living together, CNA reported. On the night of the incident, the victim, apart from asking for money, had threatened the suspect with a knife.

The suspect claimed that his actions were carried out in “self-defense.”

Police authorities say that a security officer had been patrolling the 11th floor of the condominium, where he found the door of the suspect’s unit ajar at around 4 a.m. on June 4.

The security officer looked inside and saw blood splattered on the walls, which prompted the security officer to report to the police, Pasay police chief Senior Supt. Joel Doria told the Philippine Star, a Filipino media outlet.

The condo’s surveillance video indicated that the suspect and victim had entered their unit late into the night on June 3, though the two showed signs of quarreling in the corridor.

The suspect was seen dragging a duffel bag out of the building early in the morning on June 4. He was arrested in the afternoon on the same day upon arriving at the condo, and eventually confessed the location of the body, which was later recovered by authorities.

Reports state that the body was dumped in a nearby city, Bacoor, in the province of Cavite.

The murder case marks the second this year that involved a Taiwanese suspect in the Philippines. A 46-year-old man surnamed Kuo had murdered his Filipino wife and dismembered her body this February.

Source: China Post