July 26th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Serial killer in Philippines targets expats, their gadgets

Police in Philippines are on the hunt for a “gadget-obsessed” man suspected of murdering three foreigners in separate attacks in the northern city of Angeles.

The victims - an American, a Canadian and a Briton - were among nine alleged victims of 28-year-old Mark Dizon, The Philippine Star newspaper reported Monday.

"We are launching a massive manhunt against Dizon," the city police chief told ABS-CBN news station.

Dizon, a computer technician and reflexologist, is suspected of killing retired U.S. Air Force serviceman Albert Mitchell, 70, his wife, Janet Andrenada, 53, and their three domestic helpers last Thursday, the newspaper reported.

He is also suspected in the killing of Briton James Porter, 51, and his 22-year-old Filipina girlfriend in their home a few days earlier. Police also suspect Dizon killed Canadian passport-holder Geoffrey Bennun, 60, and his 20-year-old Filipina girlfriend on July 12.

Police alleged Dizon shot his victims, all of whom he had known, with a 9mm pistol, then stole their electronic gadgets, which he then pawned.

Police said a pawn shop owner surrendered a laptop, camera, and cellular phone which were believed to have been pawned by Dizon.

Authorities said Dizon seemed to have an “abnormal obsession” with gadgets, as he robbed his victims of their laptops and other digital equipment, leaving behind jewelry and other personal valuables.

“It is possible that the suspect wanted some information on the computers that could enable him to transfer bank accounts or get access to the pensions of the foreigners,” city police chief Senior Superintendent Danny Bautista was quoted as saying.

Luisito Tan, a police commander, told the Philippines Inquirer that an expat living in the city, who asked not to be identified, has offered P100,000 (US$2,168) to anyone who could provide information that would lead to Dizon’s arrest.

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  1. Jules

    Why did the article only list the names of the expat victims? The other victims were listed as 3 domestic helpers, 22 year old girlfriend, and 20 year old girlfriend. Are their names not important?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. angel

    Did you know that there are also american ladies who married to an older men? not only in asia or Philippines. I think it is world wide... thats their destiny.... And expat means people who live temporarily ( assign to work or business) in another country.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Betweenlines

    Poor 20yr olds are "girlfriends" of rich 50yr olds (i.e. they do as they are told unlike us wealthy older women).

    July 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. elisha lexington

    Opinons are like a**hole everyone has one. People were murdered by a person who is obviously disturbed. To make light of this situation is horrible, so you don't agree with their lifestyle; so what you wouldn't have known, other then the fact that they were murdered. The Canadian Ex-pat was a funny, kind, loving person that will be missed by many people.. it does not make his life have any less meaning just because of the way he chose to live. So you can't place yourself in the shoes of girls whom have grown up in a situation where they are treated like currency and dispensible no one is asking you to, no matter how old you are there come a time in your life that you need companionship and these people found it. I hope when they find this animal he gets what comming to him... YOU WILL ALL BE SORELY MISSED

    July 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    So because these men had younger girlfriends, they were fat disgusting and disposable? They deserved to be murdered? Shut up the self-righteous wretches. You know nothing about these expats...oh and did you forget that five other people were murdered as well? I suppose they deserved it too, guilt by association.

    Shove your prissy American "values", k? Two of the expats weren't even FROM America.

    I suppose it's morally outrageous to select a partner based on their wealth and life achievements...but it's perfectly ok to choose someone based on looks and appearance? Perhaps the men were attracted to the women's beauty and youth, and the woman were attracted to the men's wisdom and success, eh? This is not cultural taboo in most countries, and wasn't so in America either until fairly recently.

    Get over yourselves...creeps arguing you have a moral compass, and doing it in such a wildly inappropriate forum. I wouldn't trust you "moralists" to sing a Christmas carol.

    For the record, the woman in my life is about my age, and I've never dated someone much different in age then my own. But that's my choice, and not something I impose on others.

    July 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Troy

    Angeles City, the former home to Clark Air Base, has a lot of expats living in that area (Pampanga-Central Luzon). The fact that this guy is targeting foreigners does not surprise me. As someone who has spent a lot of time in that area (my wife is Filipina and from San Fernando, 5 minutes from Angeles) you kind of learn to take a few extra precautions, but nothing unusual in that. Anyone who has spent a lot of time living outside of the US knows the deal.

    Not saying anything bad about Filipinos or the Philippines. In fact, my mahal and I plan on retiring there in San Fernando. The people are awesome, incredibly friendly, and would give you the shirt off their backs.

    As for those of you who are judging older guys for marrying younger Filipinas, you really should learn something about the country you're talking about before opening your pie hole (or typing on a keyboard).

    July 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RJ

    I happen to be retired and living in Angeles City right now. The fear is palpable. Other than this series of incidents, there has never been a problem here. I am 64, and my girlfriend is 29. She treats me with respect, but not to the point of subservience. She is beautiful and very attentive. I think that before you Americans pass judgment on us expats over here with younger girlfriends/wives, why don't you come over here and walk a mile in their shoes?

    July 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betweenlines

      Why don't you just donate your money to poor people without expecting something in return like I do? Don't make yourself sound like a martyr.

      July 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      RJ ... Please be careful and don't have children. My american father was 68 when i was born. My filipina mother was 27. My father died when i was 11 years old. It's not fair to children to have such an old father. I am 38 now. I wish i could have asked him questions and i wish my children had their grand father.

      July 27, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anth

    Briton James Porter 51, and his 22-year-old Filipina girlfriend .. Geoffrey Bennun 60, and his 20-year-old Filipina girlfriend ..OMG, hehehe .. mmm young ladies eh? I'm coming 😀

    July 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jajg

    some frikin freak is on the loose killing inocent ppl and all anyone seems to notice is the age difrance of the couples murdered, i mean, holysh it come on ppl get real , just for a minute imagine that happening to one of your loved ones i think there would be alot more concern for catching the murder than counting years of age diferances

    July 26, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laura

    There is a much bigger story developing in central american about an expat killing other expats.. Serveral remains have been found and this guy is suspected to have killed 50 or more!!! Why dont you post that too!!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike clark


    July 27, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • SuperSpurs

      Get a life!

      Over 8 million Filipinos are forced to work overseas to help themselves and their families to have and enjoy a better life, they sacrifice themselves for years to bring in decent hard earned money into the country.

      And what do they do in many Western countries? Stand in line for handouts without ever looking for a job.

      Now who is the parasite? And who is ignorant?

      July 27, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • DWR

      @Mike Clark: Strange, I found the people to mostly be hospitable, kind, helpful and eager to make friends if you treat them with respect. Yes there are many poor and it is a survivalist economy right now. If they have to choose between feeding their families or a stranger, the stranger will always lose. Best way to survive there is to make friends, and treat people kindly and with respect. With the benefit of an education, they are intelligent, creative and can make something out of nothing with incredible regularity. They want to work and to have a good life.

      Jealous, ignorant and parasitic are NOT words that describe most Filipinos. But like everywhere else in the world it will describe a few. You sound like one of the few "Ugly Americans" who go there to get what you want, being a predator yourself and then get as you gave. – Yes like everywhere else in the world, you have to exercise reasonable caution and common sense. But beyond the few most people strive to be good.

      July 27, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      That's not nice. You need some Jesus. : D

      July 27, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. realist

    The current Aquino administration is already making inroads of setting a foundation of clean governance, sustainable economic growth and socio-political stability. The country has literally hundreds and hundreds of US$ billions in untapped natural, especially mineral resources, which if used properly, will translate to prosperity for the majority. As the saying goes – nothing lasts forever, and the Philippines will not be poor forever. It is only a matter of time for her to take off.

    July 27, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • reese

      to realist......

      i like you!!!

      July 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. realist

    The murder was probably a nationalist. Anyways, condolences to the victims and everyone that was close to them.

    July 27, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • realist

      sorry, murderer, not 'murder'

      July 27, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. jeezpro

    Alison I bet your s**t smells like rose also. am I right?

    July 27, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bisaya Ispisyal

    Serial killers, guns, hot young girlfriends, dirty old men, lies, deceit, murder...this has the makings of a mexican telenovela! VIVA LAS FILIPINAS!

    Shut up realist. As a realist you should know better. I know you're Filipino with your perfect english and all.

    July 27, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Berdugong Bisaya


      July 27, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
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