Duterte meets slain South Korean's widow

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte met Monday afternoon the widow of the slain South Korean businessmen Jee Ick Joo at the Malacañang Palace.

Choi Kyung-Jin, wife of Jee, accompanied by South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin, paid a visit on Duterte around 2 p.m.

Alleged members of Philippine National Police Anti-Drugs Operation group supposedly killed Jee inside the Camp Crame in Quezon City in October last year.

Malacañang earlier condoled with Choi on the passing of her husband while in police custody. Two days later, Duterte made a public apology over the "sordid" killing of Jee.

The President also promised to hunt down the perpetrators and let them face appropriate charges.

"Those responsible are known to us already and they will have to go to prison. And I will see to it that they are sentenced to the maximum," said Duterte.

On Sunday evening, Duterte called out Superintendent Raphael Dumlao, who he said was behind the killing, to surrender to the authorities within 24 hours and clear his name.

Duterte also announced that he would give P5-million bounty to someone who can bring Dumlao either "dead or alive," if he fails to show up within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Duterte was also scheduled to convene the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) at about 4 p.m.

Duterte's special assistant Christopher Go said Vice President Leni Robredo was invited at the Ledac meeting because it was "mandated."

This was the first time the Office of the President invited Robredo anew in an event at the Palace, after barring her from attending Cabinet meetings since December last year.

This had prompted Robredo to resign as housing czar.

The Vice President was also initially invited to Vin d'Honneur rites last January 11 but the Office of the President later on retracted the invitation.

Go did not disclose whether Robredo would attend the Ledac meeting. (SunStar Philippines)

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