A 70-year-old surfer from Queensland has died in the Philippines after allegedly being shot in the head as he drank a beer.
Reginald Rene Hodgens, a builder, was reported by Filipino media to have been shot in the head at the gate of his rented home in the north-western coastal province of Ilocos Sur.
He was killed about 7.45pm on October 15 at his home in the city of Sinait, a town of 25,600 people on the north coast of the province, according to local media.
His family reportedly have not yet had the exact date of death confirmed, knowing only that it happened last month, News Ltd reported.
They believe he was shot at point blank range as he drank his beer.
Mr Hodgens was rushed to the Ilocos Sur District Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician according to local news outlet Tawid Newsmagazine.
The police recovered one fired cartridge and one deformed bullet from the crime scene, Tawid reported.
Philippines National Police senior inspector Edmund Artates was quoted by local news website Philippines Lifestyle as saying Mr Hodgens had been living on the west coast in the town of Cabugao, but had left after filing a (court) case against a Filipino.
‘Perhaps, the motive, with revenge, is based on the documents we have detected, there is a case in Cabugao,’ he was quoted as saying.
Local police are investigating and have reportedly begun reviewing CCTV footage.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade cited privacy obligations for not providing any comment other than to confirm an Australian man had died and they were providing consular assistance to his family.
Mr Hodgens reportedly moved to Townsville after growing up in Brisbane, and had travelled the world as a surfer before settling down in the Philippines.
Filipino pastry chef Alexander Dennis said Mr Hodgens was a friend of his family, and paid tribute to him on FaceBook.
‘Justice for Australian Surfer Mr. Reginald Rene Hodgens.. a good man.. a family friend.. may he rest in peace,’ he wrote on Tuesday.