French national shot and killed along baywalk



MANILA, Philippines—A French national was killed when he allegedly tried to fight off a suspected robber in Pasay City on Friday morning, police said.

Senior Superintendent Asejo Llorca identified the victim as Hofman Fierre Paul Franz, 68. He was shot in different parts of the body after he refused to hand over his bag to the still unidentified suspect.

Llorca said Franz was walking along the service road of Roxas Boulevard with two other French companions at around 7:50 a.m. when the suspect, who was armed with a caliber .45, declared the heist as he grabbed the victim’s blue sling bag.

“The victim resisted, prompting the suspect to shoot him [trice],” Llorca said, adding that the robber escaped with the bag that had roughly 750 euros and other personal belongings.

He said the suspect fled on foot and subsequently boarded a blue motorcycle driven by his alleged cohort.

Franz was rushed to San Juan de Dios Hospital but was declared dead on arrival, Llorca said.

He said three spent shells from a caliber .45 were recovered from the crime scene.

The French Embassy in Makati City has been properly informed of the incident, Llorca said.

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  • doublecross

    nakakatakot ang bayan pinas….ganito na ba ngayon?

  • Ernesto

    Patayin pag mahuli davao city style

  • BatangSingapore

    wala kasing trabaho ang mga filipino kaya kumakapit sa patalim.  tumataas daw ang ekonomiya sabi ni abnoy at team nya hahahahhahaha.
    malala na talaga ang pilipinas sa kasalukuyan.

    • Balahura

      meron din koreano dito nagnanakaw sa pinas. easy money kasi kapag robbery malay nyo mga addict dapat ibigay agad para hindi ka patayin

  • buttones

    I swear these incidents are getting worse, another dead tourist. And our PNP just say “Well, what can we do?” What a bunch of hapless idiots….

    • ang_dagat

      Well they are not trained properly, paid badly and many just care about what extra money they can get.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Compared to 90% of the population, they aren’t badly paid.

        There is no excuses for dishonesty and killings !

      • ang_dagat

        Erm. Yes. I agree with you on both points.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      90% of the citizen’s will also say ” Well, what can we do ? ”

      10% left are enjoying and driving the “Killing’s System”, the Clergy and Churches are among them !

  • amapangarap

    dami na talaga mga walanghiya na pinoy. Mamatay sana kayo pati pamilya nyo

    • Balahura

      mga kano ba mababait, intsik at malaysiano? meron din koreano dito nagnanakaw sa pinas. easy money kasi kapag robbery malay nyo mga addict iyon dapat ibigay agad ang hinihingi para hindi ka patayin sa lahat ng dako may kriminal, yung pagnanakaw ng diamond sa belgium ganoon sila mag snatch pero mababait mga belgian!

      • amapangarap

        woohoo go pinoy! magnakaw pa!tutall marami din ibang sa ibang bansa na kawatan! weeeee!

  • MNLFoodcritic

    What do you expect? We have a very incompetent police force. Having a terribly incompetent PNP, do not expect a lot.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Every administrations are worst than each-others, the Key is Justice implementations.

      Under Corona it was an “Alibaba” auction place, not only in Manila suprem court !

      How to overhauled the Justice when judges can’t be fired and jailed ?

      What an hard task for Leila de Lima and Maria Lourdes Sereno

  • mamamia


    • fache

      The incident happened at 7:50 AM! I was there last year and, I brought myself an item called pepper spray, and I was waiting for somebody to approached me and my wife and see if I can use it. Luckily, it was two young boys, about 13 and 15 years old. They were asking for money and my wife kept saying no! and one of them, the younger one came closer to her and repeatedly asking for money. Finally, I grabbed his neck and slammed him against the side of a car. And I told the other boy to get your companion and move or else you two will get more worse than that! They run and some of the people that witnessed the incident told me be careful. two days later we left the Philippines to go back home.

      Nope!!!!I I will not retire in the Philippines!! 

      • Mike

        Those kids could have filed a case against you and you would have found yourself in a Filipino jail, not a good way to spend a vacation. I wish you good luck using your spray against a gun. I carry spray for dogs, not criminals. I retired in the Philippines and have NO REGRETS. Very sad story but not unique to this country. 

      • suroy_suroy

        but sorry to tell you that, I have lived since 1976 more than 20 years here it’s becoming worse now. In that time only real beggars asked for money, today well-dressed schoolkids just coming out of school asking for money. Sorry, but his country is going down.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        This country is going down day by day since The Philippines name is existing, since Magellan.
        Spanish Conquistadors where able to turned the place into slavery thank’s the Clergy using the religion for “brains” control, today the Clergy is still the main power with the Medieval Feudal Dynasties assisted by the Trapos and Administrations, mostly PNP & AFP.

        Then rape and pilfering are still the main driving forces hidden behind most of the actions.
        Pinoy’s are still slaves and don’t own the country. 
        Chinoy’s, the modern colonial tool, are owning and controlling everything on a very brutal way.

        In 1900 everything was only own by the Church, as the US bought the Archipelago they don’t agree, the Church had to sell most of their assets, they give them away for a song to their relatives, the actual “elites” and Land owners.

        Pinoy’s tray to resist, but the US partnership with the “elites” exterminated almost 40% of the population and burned every single traces of local cultures, not only a Genocide, but also an ethnic and cultural cleansing.

        Today Philippines is a result of the past on a lost Paradise, the Pinoy’s hopes are abroad, no other choices outside to be killed if they don’t agree.

        What for an inherited hidden Historical mess !

        What a hard task for P-Noy who is himself a Chinoy,
        the first President worrying for the slaves, his uncles are among the worst and biggest slaves masters, a cornelian choice, he is doing his best, blowing a fresh breeze of hope, if not supported, it will not last

      • ang_dagat

        You are right. I just keep walking. I live in the provinces and I love it here. I dread going to the city. I do what pinoys do. Ignore them. Say nothing. Fache, You could have had your wife stabbed and you commited assault. 
        We got off at terminal 3 in Cebu port with my brother (who was on vacation) last year and a group of street kids accosted us. He was here on vacation from Ireland. I told him to ignore but he was intrigued, and engaged. He was about to reach into his pocket for his wallet to give them something, whereby I dragged him up the road with anger.Ignore and walk away.

  • bitancor

    It’s more fun in the Philippines!

  • superpilipinas

    this confirms exactly the concern in another article about tourism in the Philippines.

    PNoy is clueless about peace and order and law enforcement effectiveness.

    To make it worse, he practically encouraged police corruption by publicly announcing that eradication of jueteng is not the priority of his administration…so there you have the Atimonan case as proof…

    …and if some senior police officials are discovered to be part of syndicates…it simply means there are more to discover….like cancer cells spreading…and each underlings have their has become the rule rather than the exception…

    …so now who do you expect to be looking after peace and order???

    ….then the police generals are trying to sell empty talk of achievements and reforms that no one ever buys!!!

    De Lima should just convince PNoy and Mar that she setup an independent NBI anti-police corruption undercover people who would identify the corrupt and the incompetent policemen. Build airtight cases against them and continuously charge and weed them out. I’d be surprised if the group could not weed out at least 20 every month.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Don’t blame P-Noy who had the courage to take the head of a totally cancerous country and doing it better than any predecessors, with honesty, skill and wiseness unknown before him.
      Durables Improvements can only be done on long run, small steps by small steps on the basic’s.
      Filipinos still have to discover Government isn’t a show or gang’s business.

  • superpilipinas

    The Aussie government released an advisory to its nationals to avoid the Sulu area….

    …i guess this one thought it was a lot safer in Manila.

    I wonder what Mar Roxas and DFA will tell the French Embassy.

    Sorry, we’ll try to catch the crook…..but can’t do anything better for tourists!

    or maybe…

    Tell your nationals never to carry a bag while strolling!

  • JuanTamadachi

    Perhaps if Sen Lacson is appointed as the anti crime czar or something, incidents like these, which give us a terrific black eye can and will be minimized greatly. Maybe its wishful thinking on my part but I have grown weary of deplorable incidents such as this one.

  • kilabot

    per noykapon the economy improved, so this criminal wants a share.

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    Its more fun in the Philippines!

  • Pedro

    To all foreigners, do not go to Pasay !  There are so many holduppers there  and  kotong  cops. . 

    • suroy_suroy

      better do not go to Manila at all.

  • go88

    What we can do? Salvage!

  • kevin

    ano,balikbayan..Do you still want to retire in the Philippines?

  • basilionisisa

    kakainis talaga ibang pinoy! hindi maghanapbuhay na marangal! KAKAHIYA sa mga taga-ibang bansa! walang konsyensyang pumatay! ito dapat ang tinatarget ng mga pari at bishops sa kanilang misa at sa mga komento sa labas ng simbahan, kesa kung anong mga mabababaw na issues na pinagkakaabalahan nila.

    sana kung may pulis na nandun on-the-spot, sana shoot-to-kill ang gawin kagad… di na kailangan ikulong at dalhin pa sa mababagal na Court of Justice basta ganyan. I miss the ‘old’ Mayor (Dirty Harry) Lim. Please come back!

  • ang_dagat

    Taking aside all the misgivings of the PNB etc
    Condolences to the family of Mr Franz. RIP Sir Franz.

  • markmiguel

    this is a blow to tourism.where are the police when you need them?parati lang naka upo sa station nag hihintay matapos ang shift.wala man lang nag roronda.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What do you want to expect from Passay when NAIA Airport CR can’t be maintained with the tons of money taxes(20.-$/passenger x 15 millions) equivalent to Geneva Airport, with the same numbers of passengers !

    Be realistic, it’s already a bad place for at last 50 millions Filipino’s.

    If you can’t stand on your own feet and are stepping on the head, how to welcome guest’s ?

    Mes sincères condoléances a la famille Hofman qui découvre les horreurs et dangers de ce vraiment beau et charmant Pays peuplé d’irresponsables, a éviter a tous prix !

    • go88


      • AlexanderAmproz

        Apres 30 ans de Philippines, je peut vous le garantir.

        Les petits criminels a la tire sont une petite plaisanterie a cote du reste,
        de tout le reste !
        Quelques que exemples: leur sang est bourré de plomb, personne ne veut savoir d’ou ça vient,
        il y a peu a Manille il était recommandé de bouillir l’eau en bouteille,
        le mois dernier trois ou quatre petits enfants qui se baignaient dans une petite rivière proche de Dumaguete se sont subitement sentis mal, tous morts en quelques heures, excès de pesticides utilisés dans les champs avoisinants !
        La moitié des nappes phréatiques y sont polluées.
        Mercure, cadmium, dioxine, cyanure et autres y abondent dans la nature, de toutes parts !

        Il en va de même dans TOUS les domaines.
        Seul la violence et l’argent y sont respectés…

        Si l’on est capable d’être indifférents a tous problèmes, et un peu suicidaire sur les bords, c’est un pays merveilleux en voie de totale destructions générées par une totale indifférence et ignorance, seul l’instant présent compte.
        Les meilleurs de ceux qui tentent d’améliorer la situation ou d’aider les pauvres sont malvenus et rapidement éliminés, la vie n’y a aucune valeurs !

  • suroy_suroy

    If a tourist manages it get out of that what they call in the Philippines an airport he will get killed next day in broad daylight on a busy boulevard? Very good advertisement for visitors to come here and keep on dreaming of more millions of visitors. That new slogan of the DOT will fire back because people make a bad joke out of it. It’s getting worse here.

  • Melody Margot

    dapat yan pag nahuli, public torture at execution.  NAwawalang saysay yung mga ginagastos pag promote ng tourism.  Masama nanga tingin nila sa Pilipinas, ganyan pa gagawin ng mga gagong ito.  at ang mga tinatarget pa foreigner, mga bobo talaga .

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