CEBU – Two Chinese diplomats were killed in the Philippines on Wednesday, and a third was wounded, when a woman opened fire at a restaurant in the tourist destination of Cebu, the authorities in Manila said.
The diplomats were eating lunch at the Lighthouse Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon when the woman, a Chinese citizen, entered the restaurant and opened fire, officials said.
The two diplomats who were killed were aides to Song Ronghua, the Chinese consul general in Cebu, who was seriously wounded in the attack. Mr. Song was taken to a nearby hospital, where he remained on Wednesday evening.
The two diplomats who were killed were the deputy consul general and a finance officer for the consulate, said a Philippine police official, Prudencio Bañas.
Police have in custody a Chinese national Li Qing Liang , 60, identified as the shooter and his wife Gou Jing, 57.
They are being investigated with the help of an interpreter in the Cebu city police in Camp Sotero Cabahug.
A clip of the restaurant’s CCTV footage shows the shooter in a striped blue shirt approach the female victim,Hui Li, from behind and firing before hurriedly leaving the room.
Hui Li, finance officer of the Chinese consulate in Cebu, was shot in the head.
Another fatality, Sun Shan, deputy consul, was shot in the neck, according to police.
Consul General Song Ronghua was wounded in the hand, but police said the injury was not serious.
Calls to the office of the Chinese Consulate General in Cebu and the Chinese Embassy in Manila were not returned, and officials in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.