Briton’s wife gunned down in the Philippines

Mia Mascarinas-Green was hit in the head and neck nine times after a flurry of 28 bullets were shot into her car
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Brit’s wife, 49, was murdered in front of their three kids in ‘gangland hit’ by gunmen in the Philippines.

The wife of a British father-of-three was brutally murdered in front of her children in a car while working abroad.

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Mia Mascarinas-Green, 49, was hit in the head and neck nine times after a flurry of 28 bullets were shot into her car.

Her husband Stuart Green, 45, has told how his daughters were lucky to escape the horrific ordeal alive.

Eldest daughter Zoe, 10, explained the incident to Stuart, as she witnessed it first hand with her two-year-old twin sisters Zia and Eli.

‘THEY FIRED 28 BULLETS ACROSS THE CAR’

Stuart said: “My wife picked up the three children and then was driving her usual way home.

“Then a motorbike overtook the car and stopped in front of her to force her to stop.

“The next thing there were two gentlemen left and right. They shot the engine and killed it so the car couldn’t move.

Mia Mascarinas-Green was a mum to Zoe, ten, and two-year-old twin sisters Zia and Eli
Mia Mascarinas-Green was a mum to Zoe, ten, and two-year-old twin sisters Zia and Eli – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE

“They fired 28 bullets across the car. They were firing across the car basically at each other.

“One of them then turned a gun on the kids, but thankfully it jammed.

“Then two motorbikes came and the men got on and drove off.

“It’s a miracle the children survived.

“My wife was absolutely defenceless.”

Stuart and Mia were working in the Phillipines when she was shot in the head and neck nine times
Stuart and Mia were working in the Philippines when she was shot in the head and neck nine times – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE

Despite the tragedy of death Stuart likes to believe his wife was happy in her final moment because she looked at her daughters and saw they were alive.

He said: “Her final moments I believe were happy – because she turned around to see the children were okay.

“She had a smile on her face when they found her and a big smile throughout the wake.”

Stuart, from Hertfordshire, met Mia in the Phillipines when his job as a marine biologist took him there 22 years ago and they married in 2004.

Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga one of the prime suspects in Mia’s killing
Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga one of the prime suspects in Mia’s killing – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE

The family had visited family in England over Christmas and then had gone back to the Phillipines as Mia was working on a case over there before she was killed on February 15.

Stuart believes the horrific confrontation was linked to a high-profile environment case she was involved with.

In 2016 she took on a client named Conrada Blomqvist who was arguing about the ownership of a beach resort with her son.

Gonzaga is now on the run with another suspect called Romarico Benigian
Gonzaga is now on the run with another suspect called Romarico Benigian – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE
The 34-year-old named Lloyd Gonzaga and another man named Romarico Benegi-an were later arrested in October when drugs and guns were found at the property in question.

Following Mia’s murder both have been named as suspects and are on the run.

The chief superintendent of the region has been described Gonzago as the “mastermind”.

Stuart has now moved himself and his daughters back to Hertfordshire.

He said: “I had to move them back here for security, because my eldest daughter was one of the key witnesses.”

Mia’s funeral was held in the Phillipines in front of devastated friends and family
Mia’s funeral was held in the Phillipines in front of devastated friends and family – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE
Hundreds attended the service for Mia who is described as having a ‘phenomenal life’
Hundreds attended the service for Mia who is described as having a ‘phenomenal life’ – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE

He plans to head back to the country to fight for justice against his wife’s killers, but is also worried about his own safety.

He said: “My main concern is they’ve lost a mother, I don’t want them to lose a father as well.”

He said: “We’ve seen the worst of a couple of individuals but the best in so many more.

Well-wishers have set up a fundraising page in the aftermath of Mia’s death
Well-wishers have set up a fundraising page in the aftermath of Mia’s death – SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE

“She had a phenomenal life being able to touch so many in the time she had.”

Stuart says he was particularly touched by a fundraising page set up to support the daughters in future.

He said: “Friends knew she was very strong on education and believed it really set people up for the future.”

-The Sun

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