NBI probes Korean trader’s kid­nap­ping in An­ge­les City

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News - By ARGYLL CYRUS B. GEDUCOS CHOI KYUNG-JIN

The Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) has taken on the case of the miss­ing Korean busi­ness­man al­legedly kid­napped by eight per­sons, in­clud­ing an ac­tive mem­ber of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice-Anti-Il­le­gal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG).

Ac­cord­ing to NBI-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) Re­gional Di­rec­tor Rick Diaz, cases of se­ri­ous il­le­gal de­ten­tion and kid­nap­ping were al­ready filed by the PNP against the sus­pects be­fore the Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) last Novem­ber, 2016.

He added that the NBI is now also in­ves­ti­gat­ing car­nap­ping, rob­bery, and all other cases re­lated to the ab­duc­tion of busi­ness­man Jee Ick-joo, 53, from their res­i­dence on Arayat Street, Friend­ship Plaza Sub­di­vi­sion, An­ge­les City, Pam­panga last Oc­to­ber 18.

The vic­tim’s wife Choi Kyung-Jin ap­peared at the NBI Of­fice in Manila yes­ter­day to ap­peal to the public to help au­thor­i­ties lo­cate her hus­band and bring him home safely. She is of­fer­ing a re­ward of 1100,000 to any- one who can give in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of her hus­band.

Based on records col­lected by NBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors, Jee was kid­napped with their house­hold helper Marissa Dawis on the pre­text that the ab­duc­tors were con­duct­ing a drug raid.

The armed men also took the vic­tim’s per­sonal be­long­ings in­clud­ing pieces of jew­elry and their pass­ports and then drove off in Jee’s black Ford Ex­plorer.

The NBI is now fo­cused on iden­ti­fy­ing the other per­pe­tra­tors of the crime who took ad­van­tage of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war against il­le­gal drugs to ex­tort money.

The NBI said they can­not di­vulge the name of the po­lice in­volved in the kid­nap­ping in def­er­ence to Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Ron­ald “Bato” dela Rosa whose of­fice should be the one to re­veal this in­for­ma­tion.

How­ever, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Aaron N. Aquino, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 3 (PRO3) re­gional di­rec­tor (RD), had al­ready named the po­lice­man in­volved in Jee’s kid­nap­ping as Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 (SPO3) Ricky Sta. Is­abel when the lat­ter was charged with kid­nap for ran­som (KFR) and il­le­gal de­ten­tion charges last Mon­day.

Af­ter the ab­duc­tion, the sus­pects texted Jee’s wife and de­manded a ran­som pay­ment of 18 mil­lion in ex­change of his safe re­lease. Choi was able to raise 15 mil­lion and de­liv­ered it to the kid­nap­pers, but nei­ther of the vic­tims were re­leased.

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