Mystery surrounds the death of a Swedish man who was discovered lifeless outside a hotel in Coron.
Police on Palawan have identified the man as 61-year-old Stefan Pengchon. He was found sitting on the ground before dawn this morning (Thursday, December 28) outside the Coron Visitors Hotel.
According to a report in The Inquirer, Mr Pengchon was spotted by Reynaldo Nobelo, an employee of the hotel in barangay Lower Bancuang, sitting back against a concrete wall at 3am.
Mr Nobelo initially assumed that he was just resting or asleep, and so he continued his security check of the hotel’s grounds. However, when he passed back in the same direction he look a closer look with his flashlight and noticed blood oozing from the man’s mouth.
An ambulance was called, and Mr Pengchon was confirmed dead upon arrival at hospital.
Olga Holar, the manager of the hotel, which has a 24-hour front desk, said that Mr Pengchon was not one of her guests.
It has not yet been confirmed whether Mr Pengchon was a visitor to Coron, or lived there full-time as an ex-pat.
The Swedish embassy in Manila has been informed, and investigations into the cause of his death are continuing.
Online searches for “Stefan Pengchon” throw up no relevant results. Local media reporters have also been unable to uncover any further information about him.
Coron attracts thousands of tourists every year, and is particularly popular among scuba divers due to the large number of wrecked ships.
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