Philippines hunts for Dutchman’s murderers


MANILA: Philippine authorities said yesterday they would look into all possible angles in the murder of a Dutch NGO worker, a day after friends rejected police theories that that he was shot by robbers.

William Geertman, 67, who worked for an anti-malaria campaign, was killed on his way to his office in the northern city of San Fernando in what police initially described as a robbery as gunmen took a bag of cash he was carrying.

But national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Generoso Cerbo said Wednesday police would carefully examine all evidence, even as the military denied allegations it was behind the shooting.

“In due time, we will discover the true motive and later, we will see who are the perpetrators,” Cerbo told reporters. — AFP