An overseas Filipino worker was recently found beheaded and her body further buried in the desert in Abu Dhabi, JP Soriano reported on “24 Oras” on Friday.
The victim was identified as Maria Normita De Lima while the suspect was identified as her nephew Glen Ambro.
Police are looking at financial issues as the motive for the killing.
De Lima reportedly tried to collect Ambro’s payment for a 10,000 dirham or P10,000 before the incident.
Police reported that Ambro stabbed the victim inside his vehicle outside her residence before cutting off her hands and head.
He threw the body of his aunt at Al Warqa’a before burning and burying the head and hands of De Lima at Ajman.
De Lima’s husband, Police Inspector Salvio de Lima, believes the motive was plausible but called for a deeper investigation.
“Yung sabi yung motibo is just a 10,000 dirham na sinisingil ng wife ko? Posible. Dun sa imbestigasyon, impressed na ako,” Salvio said.
Na-recover yung ulo, na-recover yung ibang parte ng katawan,” he added.
“I don’t care in what way nila ginather yun, basta na-recover ‘yun with the information coming from Glen,” he added.
Ambro’s brother-in-law Raf Maclang and his other aunt Mary Jane defended him and claimed it was impossible for him to commit the crime.
“Hindi kami naniniwala kasi sa ‘min na yun lumaki. Hindi pwedeng gumawa ng ganun kasi mababait ang mga anak ng kapatid ko,” Mary Jane said.
“Hihintayin pa ba natin sir na maging biktima pa ang isang Pilipino sa kasalanang hindi naman ginawa ng isang Pilipino?” Maclang defended.
Meanwhile, Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes assured that the Consulate will help repatriate De Lima’s body.
“We like to inform them that the government, through the consulate, and through the Department of Foreign Affairs, we’ll extend all possible assistance to the family,” Cortes said.
Salvio, who confirmed his wife’s status with the DFA on Thursday, described his wife as a loving mother to their children.
“Yung huling message niya sa ‘kin, yung tungkol sa mga bata,” he shared. “Kung sino man ang gumawa nito, justice must be served.” —Rie Takumi/NB, GMA News