A POLICE officer allegedly involved in the abduction of a South Korean businessman in Angeles City, Pampanga last October was placed under restrictive custody while undergoing investigation, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa said the police officer with a rank of Senior Police Officer 3 is undergoing investigation by the PNP-Internal Affairs Service after the PNP Anti-illegal drugs Group (AIDG) filed an administrative against him for his alleged participation in the said crime.

"SPO3 (ang ranggo niya) pero ayaw pabanggit ang pangalan. Hindi naman natin kino-condemn agad pero hindi dedepensahan. Kung siya talaga yung involved he doesn't deserve a day in this organization," he said.

Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo was abducted last October from his house in Angeles City by unidentified suspects who reportedly claimed to be members of the AIDG.

The said abduction, however, is still under investigation as the police are still trying to track the whereabout of the suspects and Ick-joo.

Dela Rosa said he was informed of the case last year and hoping that the victim is still alive.

He said he is also hoping to meet Ick-joo’s wife who appealed for the intensified investigation on the case.

"Matagal ko nang alam ‘yung kaso ng asawa niya pero kahapon ko lang nabasa ‘yung appeal niya. I instructed ‘yung AKG (Anti-Kidnapping Group) chief na kontakin ‘yung Koreana gusto ko siyang kausapin, kung willing siya na makipag usap sa akin," he said.

In November, investigating team from South Korea went to the country to get updates on the cases involving their fellow countrymen.

Among the cases they investigated were the killings of three South Koreans in Bacolor City, Pampanga and the abduction of Ick-joo, all suspected to be connected with each other. (Sunnex)