In 2001 the veteran actress Nida Blanca was found beaten and stabbed numerous times in her car in the parking lot of Atlanta Center in Greenhills, San Juan. The one the suspect on the still unsolved Nida Blanca murder case was Philip Medel.
In 2001, Medel surrendered to police and confessed to having killed Blanca. After several days, Medel recanted his confession and claimed he was tortured by the police to own up to the crime. However, he remained a suspect and was kept in jail.
The eldest daughter of Medel, Guada Mayo, confirmed to press the death of his father at 8:45 p.m. at Pasig City General Hospital Wednesday night.
Medel who has been detained for 8 years, was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after he complained of difficulty breathing. After an X-ray was conducted, doctors discovered that his pneumonia was already chronic and had caused sepsis or blood infection.
Medel died at the charity ward since there was no space available at the public hospital‚Äôs Intensive care Unit.
The other prime suspect in the Nida Blana murder was her husband Rod Strunk. Strunk went to the US in 2003 before charges were filed against him. The US government later denied an extradition request for Strunk to stand trial. However, Strunk died in 2007 after jumping from a balcony in Tracy, California.