British Baron's Daughter Shot Dead in Philippines

Police say Aurora Moynihan supplied drugs to celebrities
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2016 9:27 AM CDT
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has waged a war on drugs and crime since taking office in June.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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(Newser) – The daughter of a British lord is the latest casualty of the war on drugs raging in the Philippines, reports Time. Aurora Moynihan, 45, was found dead on a Manila street alongside a cardboard sign reading, “Drug Pusher to the Celebrities You Are Next.” Her sister is Filipino movie star Maritoni Fernandez, and her father is the late Baron Tony Moynihan, who gained notoriety for drug smuggling in the 1970s. She was suspected of supplying drugs to celebrities, Quezon City police chief Guillermo Eleazar told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Her death came hours after the arrest of three suspects charged with supplying ecstasy to celebrities, Time notes. Moynihan was shot in an SUV before her body was dumped on a street before dawn on Sept. 9, police said.

They did not comment on who was behind the slaying, saying it was under investigation. The Philippine Star, which published a graphic photo of the scene, reported that drug paraphernalia was found in Moynihan's bag. More than 1,800 people have been killed in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a war on drugs after taking office in June. Human rights groups have blasted the crackdown, and world leaders have raised concerns. The criticism has prompted foul-mouthed tirades from Duterte, who has threatened to withdraw from the "stupid" UN and called President Obama a "son of bitch." Moynihan's sister did not address the drug allegations but said in a statement that "we as a family may take this time to grieve, mourn but most of all celebrate the life of this exceptional human being." (Read more Maritoni Fernandez stories.)

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