Philippines to hand over Chinese diplomats shooting suspects

Philippines police say two suspected of killing two Chinese diplomats have diplomatic immunity and will be handed over to China

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Charles Jose, assistant secretary and spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs, during a news conference on Wednesday's killing of a couple of Chinese diplomats, Pasay, October 22, 2015

Two suspects in a Philippine restaurant attack that killed two Chinese diplomats on Wednesday will be handed to Chinese authorities as they hold diplomatic immunity, police said on Thursday.

Deputy consul Sun Shen and finance officer Li Hui of the Chinese consulate were killed and consul general Song Ronghua was wounded in the attack that took place during a birthday lunch in a private room of a restaurant in the city of Cebu.

A Chinese woman working at the consulate, Guo Jing, and her husband, Li Qing Liang, have been indentified by police as the suspects.

Police said the man shot and killed both diplomats.

"Custody will be given to the Chinese side and they will undergo legal process in China," Philippines Foreign Ministry Spokesman Charles Jose said after China invoked diplomatic immunity for both suspects.

Rey Lawas, a police spokesman in Cebu, said that the investigators believe the attack could be the result of a personal grudge over financial matters.

Workers at the restaurant said they heard shouting minutes before the gunshots, but didn’t understand what was said.

Chinese authorities haven't yet made any official statement over the incident.

TRTWorld and agencies