MALACAÑANG made a public apology on Tuesday to the wife of abducted and murdered South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo.
In a statement read by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, President Rodrigo Duterte condoled with Choi Kyung-Jin, wife of Jee, after the businessman suffered “untimely death while in police custody.”
“We wish to take this occasion to express the condolences and sympathies of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino people to Choi Kyung-jin, the widow of Mr. Jee Ick-Joo, the South Korean national who met untimely death while in police custody,” Abella said in a press conference.
Abducted from his home in October last year, Jee was reportedly killed by Philippine National Police (PNP) operatives and cremated in a funeral parlor in Caloocan City.
The Duterte administration also apologized to the South Korean government for the “irreparable loss” and assured that it will serve justice for the killing of Jee.
“We apologize to the South Korean government and people for this irreparable loss. But we commit the full force of the law to ensure that justice is served and not delay,” he added.
Quoting Duterte, Abella said, “To the Korean people, please accept my sincerest and deepest regret.”
However, the President believes that members of the PNP would not attempt to kill a person inside a police camp, which was allegedly what the suspect-cops did to Jee.
In a speech delivered Sunday, Duterte said the PNP has no “criminal intent” on killing the South Korean national. (SunStar Philippines)