“On behalf of the people of Taiwan, we regret to state that we have been deeply shocked and saddened by the recent killing of Mrs. Rowena Kuo and the subsequent mutilation of her body,” the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Makati said in a statement in reaction to a killing involving one of its nationals.
Police last Tuesday reported that the dismembered body of 47-year-old Rowena Cobalida Kuo was discovered by her daughters Joanne Jane Tiongco and Ywey Kuo in the stockroom of their house in Barangay Pio del Pilar in Makati City.
Kuo’s body was wrapped in a green blanket, police investigators said. Her arms had been cut off and legs chopped off from the knees. Probers found the victim’s head in a plastic bag inside a cabinet.
Police have taken custody of the victim’s second husband, Yuan Chang Kuo, 46, a Taiwanese surgeon, who admitted dismembering the body of his Filipino wife in a fit of rage.
“The ruthless homicide is abhorrent to this office and the Taiwanese people and actually seldom happened in Taiwan,” the TECO statement said. “Therefore, we wish to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the next of kin of the victim (Mrs. Rowena Kuo) at a time of grief and darkness.”
“As the case has already been handed over to the appropriate Philippine judiciary authorities, we have full confidence that the relevant Philippine judicial authorities will conduct a fair trial and render justice to this case,” the statement added.