Filipino-Canadian killed with girlfriend in Manila robbery

VANCOUVER (CBC) –

A Filipino-Canadian man and his Slovenian girlfriend have been killed in an apparent home robbery in suburban Manila.

Police said they are seeking a maid who was recently hired at the couple’s home, alleging she led three gunmen to the house.

Alexis Tioseco, 29, and his girlfriend, Nica Bohinc, 30, apparently walked into their house as the robbery was in progress on Tuesday night. Police said the intruders shot the couple several times, killing them instantly.

"No one has been arrested as of this moment. We are still tracking the suspects," Benjamin Elenzano, chief of the homicide investigation unit in Manila, told The Canadian Press.

Police said the robbers took the couple’s car, which they later abandoned.

"We’re still looking for the maid because apparently she was the one who led the suspects in," police Chief Supt. Elmo San Diego said.

Tioseco and Bohinc were both film critics and members of the International Federation of Film Critics. Tioseco edited Criticine.com, an online publication devoted to Southeast Asian cinema.

Raymond Phathanavirangoon, a southeast Asian programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, told The Hollywood Reporter a screening at the festival later this month will be dedicated to the memory of the couple.

Tioseco was born in the Philippines but moved with his family to Vancouver in 1983 when he was two years old. He returned to the Philippines in 1997.