A German man has disappeared in the Philippines after being charged over the killings of three Hong Kong businessmen and a Filipino maid. Police admitted at the weekend that they had failed to arrest Uwe Friesl over the murder of his German employer, property developer Anton Forstenhausler, art gallery owner Manfred Schoeni, architect John Cowperthwaite and Forstenhausler's Filipino maid, Irma Sarmiento. He managed to leave Boracay island in the central Philippines days before an arrest warrant was issued, said senior superintendent Jose Corpuz. The officer said he had formed a team to track Friesl, who could have escaped to Manila. An order to prevent him leaving the country has been issued to main ports and airports. However Friesl's lawyer, Jamie Flores, insisted his client was not missing or in hiding and would not resist arrest. He said he was still in the country and was in contact with him by mobile phone. He added he would file a court motion tomorrow seeking to void the arrest warrant, which he claimed was issued improperly because the case was still in a preliminary stage. Friesl was charged because a bloody footprint that matched his was found at the scene. He is the main suspect in a case that caught the public imagination and caused President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to take a trip to Boracay at the height of her presidential campaign last year. Initially, police rounded up 25 suspects, mostly local carpenters hired by Forstenhausler, but all were released.