Local police have identified the victims as Australian national David James Fisk, 57, his wife Lucita Barquin Cortez (pictured, above), 55, a Philippine-born Australian citizen and Mary Jane Cortez, 30, from Oriental Mindoro (below)

  • Three people found dead in hotel in Philippines
  • Australian husband-and-wife and family member 
  • Police hunting a suspect seen leaving their room
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EXCLUSIVE 

An Australian husband and wife who were allegedly murdered at a luxury hotel in the Philippines alongside a relative have been identified – as grisly new details have emerged about their deaths.

The Australian husband, his Filipino-born wife and their daughter-in-law were found dead inside their hotel room at The Lake Hotel, at Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of the Philippines capital of Manila on Wednesday.

Local police have identified the victims as Australian national David James Fisk, 57, his wife Lucita Barquin Cortez, 55, a Philippine-born Australian citizen and Mary Jane Cortez, 30, from Oriental Mindoro.

It has been reported that the younger woman is Ms Cortez’s daughter-in-law.

Detectives have reportedly launched a manhunt for a male suspect wearing a black hoodie, maroon shorts and sneakers while carrying a rucksack who was captured on CCTV leaving the victims’ room.

The victims were discovered when a male hotel staff member visited their room to remind them of their check-out time. 

He found them face down, with their hands and feet bound by electrical cord and shoeless, while their mouths were sealed shut with packaging tape, reported Rappler. 

Local police have identified the victims as Australian national David James Fisk, 57, his wife Lucita Barquin Cortez (pictured, above), 55, a Philippine-born Australian citizen and Mary Jane Cortez, 30, from Oriental Mindoro (below)

Local police have identified the victims as Australian national David James Fisk, 57, his wife Lucita Barquin Cortez (pictured, above), 55, a Philippine-born Australian citizen and Mary Jane Cortez, 30, from Oriental Mindoro (below)

The victims had been staying at the luxury The Lake Hotel (pictured) at Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of the Philippines capital of Manila

The victims had been staying at the luxury The Lake Hotel (pictured) at Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of the Philippines capital of Manila

Their cause of death is currently unknown. 

A hotel security guard reportedly saw the suspect around 6am on the morning the three victims were found.

When questioned, the suspect apparently claimed he was checked in at the victims’ room. 

The local mayor, Abraham Tolentino, was horrified to learn of the alleged murders.

‘We were shocked that there was an incident like this in Tagaytay… it’s been a long time since there was an incident like this,’ he told ABS News.

He added: ‘We’re very sorry to our Australian friends.’ 

Mr Fisk is pictured with his wife Ms Cortez

Mr Fisk is pictured with his wife Ms Cortez

Ms Cortex and her daughter-in-law Mary Jane, the third victim

Ms Cortex and her daughter-in-law Mary Jane, the third victim

‘There really is nothing like this.’

It is believed the Australian couple were due to fly back home to Australia on the day they were killed, but chose to extend their trip at the last minute. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the deaths and was providing consular assistance to those affected but would not provide details of their identities due to privacy reasons. 

‘We send our condolences to the families at this difficult time,’ a spokesperson added. 

The Lake Hotel Tagaytay ‘boasts a majestic panorama of the world-famous Taal Lake and volcano’ and is a 90 minute drive from Manila. 

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