Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Philippines: British Expat, 35, Who Set Up a Dive-Shop, Shot, Killed by Disgruntled Employee

According to The Telegraph, British expat Tony Gilchrist, 35, who ran a scuba diving shop on the island of Malapascua, was allegedly shot six times and killed in his dive shop, Fish Buddies, on Saturday (April 18).

Gilchrist, originally from Staines, Surrey, was shot and killed six times at his shop, Fish Buddies, on the island of Malapascua. 

Malapascua Island  is a Filipino entity situated in the Visayan Sea, located across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. Administratively, it is part of the insular barangay of Logon, Daanbantayan Municipality, Cebu Province. Malapascua is a tiny island, only about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) long and one kilometer (0.62 miles) wide and has eight hamlets.

COMMENT: I strongly urge all entrepreneurs working abroad to learn about the causation, psychological, indicators, non-verbal signals, strategies, etc., regarding workplace violence. 

Unfortunately, I firmly believe that more than ever before, people walking among us are suffering from diagnosable mental diseases and are increasingly inclined to resort to violence to resolve social conflicts.

Mr. Gilchrist had been an expat in the Philippines for the past two years.

Subsequently, police have arrested a disgruntled former employee, Melchor Alciso, Jr, 42, after he turned up late and drunk to work on two occasions.

The shooting death of Gilchrist occurred at approximately 1940 hours after the Briton told Alciso to "go away and leave." 

Alternatively, Mr. Gilchrist should have discussed Alciso's potential for violence with local police and sought guidance from HR specialists on how to terminate Alciso.
In light of the multiple times that Mr. Gilchrist shot, he was taken by boat to Daanbantayan District Hospital, thirty minutes from Malapascua Island, but was declared dead upon arrival. 

For the benefit of our readers, please see the below link from the Australian government which has by far the most factual travel warning of all foreign governments

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Philippines

See the below link for guidance on concealed carry pistol permits in the Philippines:

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/06/02/949166/new-law-gets-strict-gun-ownership