By Glendel Nazario
A Japanese national was found dead hanging inside the comfort room of his quarters in an apparent suicide attempt at Manila Manor Hotel in J. Bocobo St. Malate, Manila Friday noon.
The fatality was identified as Chiba Soichi, 34, a Japanese national who last billeted at Room 507 of the Manila Manor Hotel in J. Bocobo St. Malate, Manila.
Initial investigation revealed that Soichi arrived in Manila on November 2, and was scheduled to leave the country two days after. However, for unknown reasons, Soichi decided to stay for another 13 days.
Police said the housekeeper, Chona Concepcion was asked by Soichi to clean his room and the latter even handed the key to the receptionist. At about 12:10 p.m. however, as she was about to inform him that it was checkout time, there was no response in the room.
Concepcion continued knocking but Soichi was not answering the door, police said. She then went downstairs and asked for the key to room 507 and returned accompanied by house detectives Juancho Gabumpa and Thory Lisandro.
The two men forced the door open and to their surprise, they saw the lifeless body of Soichi hanging at the back of the comfort room door.
Further investigation on his body revealed that he used a nylon cord to commit the act. Police also found two bottles of beer inside his room. There were no signs of struggle or disarray noted inside the scene.
The body was then transferred to Archangel Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping.