Scuba Briton killed in Philippines

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A British man who opened a scuba diving business in the Philippines has been shot dead on the island where he lived.

Tony Gilchrist, 35, was reportedly shot four times in the chest and twice in the head, allegedly by a security guard whom he had dismissed for turning up late for work after a drinking session.

The shooting happened on Saturday at Fish Buddies, a scuba diving shop owned by Mr Gilchrist on the island of Malapascua.

Mr Gilchrist, originally from Staines, west London, had thrown himself into distributing thousands of pounds worth of aid raised in the UK following Typhoon Haiyan which destroyed parts of the Philippines five months ago, the Guardian newspaper reported.

His brother James, who travelled to the island with another brother, Stephen, described him as a "wonderful" person who died in a "beautiful, idyllic" place that he loved.

"My brother was an incredibly compassionate person who cared deeply about the Philippines," he told the Guardian.

"When it hit (the typhoon) he hired a bus and was shipping aid back and forth. We managed to raise over £10,000. He went to Cebu and bought lots of provisions, which he then ferried on a boat which he had hired.

"It was really incredible what he did, with bandits trying to steal it and so many other things going on.

"He made sure he went to the most remote parts where help was needed and brought chainsaws so he could clear jungle. He was a wonderful person who cared about the people here and lived in this beautiful, idyllic place."

Mr Gilchrist is said to have worked in local government in Hounslow, west London, before moving to the Philippines.

His alleged killer was named in local news reports as 42-year-old Melchor Alciso Jr from Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, in the Philippines.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Malapascua Island on the Philippines on Saturday April 19.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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