American Killed in the Central Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Unidentified men stabbed an elderly American to death in his home in the central Philippines, U.S. officials said Thursday.
Kathleen Manalo, a spokeswoman for the U.S. consulate office in Cebu, identified the victim as Joseph Barber, 72, a longtime resident of the Philippines. Barber was killed June 1 in his home in Palo, 360 miles southeast of Manila, Ms. Manalo said.
Ms. Manalo said she received the report on the killing from military authorities and that there were no further details. Barber was married to a Filipino.
It was unknown who may have been behind the slaying of Barber, the seventh American killed this year in the Philippines.
One day after Barber’s murder, a U.S. sailor was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery in his home outside the U.S.-run Subic Bay naval station, northwest of Manila.
Five other American servicemen and civilians have been killed this year. Their slayings have been blamed on the communist New People’s Army, which opposes the U.S. military presence in the Philippines.