JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the authorities will look into the "evidence" submitted by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel that will allegedly clear his name in the abduction and killing of South Korean national Jee Ick-joo last October.
In a DZBB interview with Aguirre on Sunday, he said that Sta. Isabel has executed an affidavit before he was transferred to the custody of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) last Friday, detailing his whereabouts on the day Jee was abducted
According to Aguirre, Sta. Isabel said he was only framed-up by authorities as he could not be in Angeles City on the day of the disappearance of Jee.
In the affidavit, Sta. Isabel disclosed that during the kidnapping, he was in a meeting with another officer, Superintendent Raphael Dumlao of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group.
He also stated that he was ordered to accompany Dumlao's child to go to a bookstore in Metro Manila on the same day.
Aside from Sta. Isabel's affidavit and evidence submitted before the NBI–including receipts from the bookstore–his wife, Jinky also submitted pictures grabbed from a CCTV footage to prove that the Toyota Hilux that was used in the kidnapping was not hers.
"May pinakita si Jinky na mga pruweba na nagpapatotoo ng sinasabi ng kanyang asawa. Tulad halimbawa ng kambal plaka...Parehong pareho ang model at kulay pero may pagkakaiba rin," he said.
Both vehicles have the same plate numbers, but according to Jinky, the one used in the kidnapping is fake. She also detailed some differences between both vehicles.
"Kung totoo ito at totoong may kambal plaka, ibig sabihin pinagplanuhan nang malalim ito," Aguirre said.
Sta. Isabel was identified by Jee's house help Marisa Morquicho and his alleged co-conspirator SPO4 Roy Villegas as the primary suspect in Jee's kidnapping.
According to Morquicho who was also kidnapped along with Jee, Sta. Isabel freed her and gave her P1,000 for her fare back home on October 19.
Villegas meanwhile claimed that Sta. Isabel was the one who strangled Jee to death and paid P30,000 and a golf for the processing of his remains. (SunStar Philippines)