Filipino wife, 4 others nabbed in Japanese husband’s slay


MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino woman and her son have been arrested along with three other suspects in the gun-for-hire murder of her Japanese husband, Manila police said Saturday.

Hideo Niikura was shot dead by a motorcycle-riding gunman in Dasmariñas, Cavite, on Dec. 29, police said in a statement.

Niikura’s wife, Merlinda Soria, 46, confessed that she and her adult son by another man had plotted the killing, the police said.

The son and one of his friends paid a third man P100,000 to commit the murder, according to the police statement, which added that the son’s friend corroborated the woman’s deposition after their arrest.

Police said the four were arrested in separate police raids in Dasmariñas on Friday, along with another male suspect who was implicated in the conspiracy.

Police seized two semiautomatic pistols from the alleged gunman and the woman’s son, the statement said.

The police said mother and son plotted to have her husband killed “over money matters and alleged physical abuses,” but did not elaborate.

Police sources said the couple met in Manila around 1990, got married seven years ago and have a 5-year-old child.

The husband decided to permanently relocate to Dasmariñas in September last year, they said.

The victim’s hometown in Japan was not stated in the report. Japanese embassy officials were unavailable for comment on Saturday.

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  • batangpaslit

    Cavite na naman.
    Kung inapi sia ng asawa niang Hapon, bakit hindi sia formal nag reklamo? Bakit humirang pa sia ng mamatay-tao sa halagang PhP100,000.00?

    • vinzerx

      Baka mas malaki makukuha niya sa pagkamatay nung lalaki. Cheap lang 100k sa kanya. :D

      • batangpaslit

        Vinz…in what manner?
        Last will?

        Am not familiar with Philippine laws anymore. Perhaps, you’re knoweledgeable in family law.
        Assuming the wife is the sole beneficiary of the Insurance proceeds in case of death of the insured, and assuming furhter the wife is the only party named in the Last Will  & Testament of the party she killed, my query is:
        Is the guilty party entitled to receive those monies or the inheritance?

      • batangpaslit

        Vinz, in what manner?

        Insurance policy proceeds?
        Inheritance from the Last Will & Testament?

        Am not familiar with family law in the old homeland; but, you might be familiar with this. I have a question:
        Assuming, the wifey is the (i) sole beneficiary of the Insurance, and the only person named as (ii) recipient of the Last Will & Testament of the deceased, my query, is:
        Is the wifey entitled to received it when she’s the convicted murderer of the Insured?
        Is the Insurance firm going to pay if the Court ruled that the death of the Insured party was an act of crime, and the recipient is the murderer?

  • Joe

    this is why a DIVORCE LAW is needed. their problem could have been settled amicably. instead we create criminal minds for not having one in our country. 

    • Ragdeleafar

      False. One wrong cannot make another wrong right. With the ‘Divorce Law’ they will open any simple or complicated misunderstanding of any couple a wrong signal, that divorce is a tool to end and make new relationship, thus multi-relationship in a lifetime. Highly Immoral culture of modern society!

      • vinzerx

        More false. I’d rather have people have the freedom to end relationships in a more amicable manner than forcing a marriage to continue even if both partners aren’t happy with the situation.

        Forcible pairing of incompatible people is definitely more immoral than whatever it is you’re saying that’s immoral. Most likely you just placed that “immoral” statement just to make it look like you’re right, but sadly it doesn’t.

      • batangpaslit

        Rafael, it is ideal if marriage lasts “till death do us part”.
        But, the world we live in is not ideal—-it is a cruel and harsh world.
        Are you going to chose to prolong the agony? Is prolonging agony that leads to the killing of a partner not immoral, since they did not separate via divorce?
        Moses, the Lawgiver, granted the people of GOD to file divorce when marriages won’t work.
        Whether you grant divorce or not; does not prevent philandering parties to engage in extra-marital affairs.

  • Komen To

    Divorce law and killing are not solutions. The wife can easily ran away from the Japanese to avoid being hurt. She can seek the help of PNP Women’s Desk. She can go to barangay and blotter the Jap. Remember she has a previous partner ( she has a son by a previous man) but was able to separate ways without killing nor divorce law

    • vinzerx

      A previous partner does not mean that they were married, which opened up the option for her to marry the Japanese guy. Divorce is important in this case because it allows for the woman to have divorced the Japanese guy and marry someone else who would not abuse her.

  • charlie_oscar

    ako ang filipina!

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