PHILIPPINE National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) Director Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao said on Monday that they are filing cases against two more suspects who are "primarily involved" in the kidnap-slay of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo.
“Yung mga mastermind na yan ay napakalayo sa krimen, sila ‘yung pinakamagaling magtago ng link sa krimen. Pero anyway may nagli-link sa kanila na mga principal players so ‘yun ‘yung airtight kasi connected talaga,” he said.
However, Dumlao refused to identify the two new suspects and said they will just reveal their identities during the preliminary investigation on the case scheduled on February 26.
He said the two were implicated by the suspects who were earlier charged due to their involvement on the case.
Facing charges of kidnapping for ransom with homicide for Jee’s killing are SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, SPO4 Roy Villegas, Ramon Yalung and four people identified only under the aliases "Pulis," "Jerry," "Sir Dumlao," and "Ding.”
Earlier, PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said they are investigating the involvement of at least two National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials.
However, Dumlao refused to say if the new alleged primary suspects he was referring to were the NBI agents.
“Bahala na. Dadaan pa kasi sa piskalya, sa DOJ, Task Force Anti-Kidnapping Panel [ang pagsasampa ng kaso] so from there siguro saka na natin pag usapan,” he said.
'Intended to frighten foreign businessmen'
Dumlao, meanwhile, meanwhile alleged that Jee's killing might be intended to frighten foreign businessmen in the country who refuse to give in to the extortion of an organized group composed of government officials.
“The motive behind was to murder him (Jee),” Dumlao said, adding that it was conducted to warn foreign businessmen, such as Chinese and Korean nationals, who refuse to pay extortion money.
“Jee was a straight person. Ayaw niya sa extortion…Dahil ayaw niya sa extortion, pati ‘yung mga ibang legitimate na Korean and Chinese businessman, ayaw na ring magbayad sa mga nage-extort. Kaya ‘yan ‘yung sinasabing mafia-style to kill a person to instill fear sa iba. That way, magbibigay na rin ‘yung iba,” he added.
Jee, an owner of a manpower agency, was abducted on October 18 from his home in Angeles City, Pampanga and was brought in Camp Crame, where he was strangled to death.
Despite Jee's death, the suspects asked for ransom money from his family. Choi Kyung Jin, Jee's wife, said she gave P5 million to the abductors in exchange of his release without knowing that he was already killed. (SunStar Philippines)