Philippine consulate staff in Honolulu killed by husband

Pia Lee Brago - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — A staff of the Philippine consulate general in Honolulu was allegedly killed by her estranged husband in her apartment.

Teresita Canilao, 76, who worked at the consulate for many years, was found in her apartment with fatal injuries.

Reports, however, did not say how she sustained injuries.

Honolulu police arrested Canilao’s husband, Rogelio, who called 911 just before midnight on Thursday.

Canilao, 81, reported that a woman had been murdered.

When police arrived on the seventh floor of The Banyan Ala Moana apartment, they found the victim with “fatal injuries.”

Rogelio was taken into custody and later confessed to the crime.

In a statement, the consulate described the victim as a “long-time hire.”

It said it is working with local authorities investigating the case. 

“The Philippine consulate in Honolulu deeply laments reports of the death of one of its employees, a long-time local hire. The consulate awaits official confirmation and shall continue working with local authorities investigating the case. Out of deference to the family, the consulate refrains from making any further comment,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, a 69-year-old Filipino store clerk died after he was attacked and struck in the head with a scooter by a group of teenagers.

Steven Reyes, who was working at a liquor store in Highland Park area of Los Angeles, was struck with a scooter after he stopped the teenagers from stealing a case of beer.

Reyes was a Filipino immigrant who “came to the US in search of a better life,” authorities said.

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