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Swiss National Found Murdered in Surigao City Hotel

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Yeah gotta agree , it does not look good in that particular area at the present, and the international visitors planning to visit that locale deserve the heads up on recent events ,




will the international press get a whiff?


Can anyone tell us the distance between these two heinous events , just googled it , 320km , 4hrs and 23 min.

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When I was getting  my police clearance this morning, I spoke to a couple PNP about a post on Facebook last night.  There was a picture of a youngish (turns out 23) guy face-down in a field, and the caption was about murder in Surigao City.  The PNP told me that he was a Swiss national.  The story said he'd been stabbed somewhere and transported to brgy Togbongon and dumped.  Same as the PNP told me.  Nothing about somebody being shot dead and found in a hotel room.  So, it could very well be 4, not 3.

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Foreigner killed in Surigao also a Swiss national

By Roel Catoto on October 8 2014 5:38 pm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The foreigner found dead with a stab wound on his chest in a grassy portion of this city Tuesday morning is also a Swiss national, police said today.

Based on his driver’s license, police identified the victim as Florian Mayer, 23, of Geneva, Switzerland. His body was found in Barangay Togbongon here.

Last Sunday, two Swiss nationals were also killed in Opol, Misamis Oriental, by still unidentified gunmen.

Police said that aside from the stab wound on his chest, Mayer’s body also had laceration at the back of the head and in the right leg. He also had bruises on his back.

Herbert C. Gibertas, a resident of Togbongon, told police that while he was traversing the rice field around 8 a.m. Tuesday to buy ice, he noticed a foreign national lying lifeless on the ground. He reported it barangay officials immediately.

Supt. Ruben delos Santos told MindaNews that while they were searching Mayer’s body for identity, they found his wallet which contained his driver’s license, credit cards, a condom, an iPhone, a cigarette lighter, a Smart SIM card, and a pack of cigarettes.

A gold necklace and white gold bracelet were also found on the victim’s body.

Police said prior to Mayer’s death, he checked in at Jazz Apartelle, an inn located in the same barangay at 2:16 a.m. last Monday.

Delos Santos said the victim’s body was found close to Jazz Apartelle, around 100 meters away. It was in a grassy area near a rice field about 10 meters from the road.

Police also found Mayer’s backpack in his room.

Delos Santos said Mayer checked in at room 607 with a companion who registered with a fictitious name (as “John Lennon”) but the latter was nowhere to be found and did not even log out from the apartelle’s log book when the victim’s body was recovered by authorities Tuesday.

Residents close to the inn said the victim was seen with another foreigner running along the national highway for their exercise.

The police official said Mayer must have likely gone to Siargao Island since he had a boat ticket and a terminal fee dated Oct. 5.

Police said they could not rule out robbery yet even after finding out that Mayer’s gold necklace and silver or white gold bracelet were still in his body, along with his wallet with identification card and several credit cards.

At the back of the victim’s body is a tattoo that says “NEVER AGAIN.” There is another on his chest and a spade tattoo on his left belly. His left eyebrow has a pierced earring.

PO3 Cesar Johans C. Castillo, the investigator assigned to the case, said when they cordoned the area, they saw tire marks of a vehicle. They suspected that Mayer may have been killed elsewhere and his body brought to the area only later.

“We are conducting an in-depth investigation and follow up operations for possible identification of the suspects and to determine the motive behind the incident,” Castillo said.

A check with the Surigao office of the Bureau of Immigration showed that Mayer has no records there. But clerk Aris B. Servillas said they are coordinating with other BI offices.

Mayor Jaime Rusillon, of General Luna town in Siargao, told MindaNews he will arrive today in the city to help police on the investigation.

This morning, a group of Swiss tourists from Siargao arrived here. It was learned that their embassy was already notified.

A Swiss national who requested not to be named said the victim used to eat dinner at a Swiss-owned resort in General Luna.

The victim was reportedly a jolly person and had stayed at least two months as tourist in Siargao Island.

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Yeah gotta agree , it does not look good in that particular area at the present, and the international visitors planning to visit that locale deserve the heads up on recent events ,


I live in Surigao City and I'm not worried (I'm not Swiss, either).  I don't feel the need to change any part of my routine or daily life.  



Can anyone tell us the distance between these two heinous events , just googled it , 320km , 4hrs and 23 min.


There's a lot of distance between CDO and Surigao City.  It's more than 5 hours by auto.

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Here is some german/swiss informations and driving license of Florian Mayer



Weiterer Schweizer in Surigao ermordet
08/10/2014   Surigao del Norte

08-schweizer-mordopfer-surigao-300x225.jSURIGAO CITY / PHILIPPINEN — Ein Schweizer Bürger ist auf einem Grasland Grundstück in einen Dorf von Surigao City tot aufgefunden worden.

Die Polizei konnte den Toten anhand seines Führerscheines identifizieren. Es handelt sich um Florian Mayer, 22 aus Genf.
Die Leiche wurde in Purok 4, Barangay Togbongon gefunden. Die Polizei nimmt an, die Leiche wurde hierher geschafft. Der Tote starb an Stichwunden in die Brust.


Die Polizei hat noch keinerlei weitere Erkenntnisse.

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3 or 4 Swiss nationals all being murdered within days of each other, on the north part of the same island.  And with gold necklace still on the body of the last one in the rice field indicates that robbery may not be the motive.  


Possible to be coincidence, but I'm not thinking so.  

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Interesting pics taken from his Facebook page.

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