Cop in Jee Ick Joo slay turns state wit­ness

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the pros­e­cu­tion in sup­port of its mo­tion to dis­charge ac­cused Vil­le­gas, it ap­pears that while ac­cused Vil­le­gas di­rectly par­tic­i­pated in the ex­e­cu­tion stage, he had no direct par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ac­tual killing of Ick Joo Jee.”

“So far, the records are bereft of ev­i­dence that he had ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ac­tual killing of Ick Joo Jee,” he added.

The judge agreed with the point raised by the pros­e­cu­tion that the tes­ti­mony of Jee’s maid, Marisa Morqui­cho, was “very lim­ited as it is only con­fined to the al­leged car­nap­ping, kid­nap­ping of vic­tims Ick Joo Jee and Marisa Morqui­cho, but not on the ac­tual killing of Ick Joo Jee.”

“She can­not there­fore iden­tify who among the ac­cused con­sum­mated the killing of the vic­tim Ick Joo Jee, or who con­spired with whom,” he said.

Jee and Morqui­cho were ab­ducted on Oc­to­ber 18, 2016 from his home in Friend­ship Plaza Sub­di­vi­sion, Angeles City un­der the pre­text that po­lice were con­duct­ing anti-il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tions un­der “Oplan Tokhang.”

He was stran­gled to death in­side the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice head­quar­ters in Camp Crame on the same day he was kid­napped, his cre­mated re­mains re­port­edly flushed down the toi­let. Morqui­cho was even­tu­ally re­leased.

Vil­le­gas’ pre­sen­ta­tion as state wit­ness is set for Thurs­day.

Apart from Vil­le­gas, those who were charged were Supt. Rafael Dum­lao, SPO3 Ricky Sta. Is­abel, re­tired po­lice­man Ger­ardo “Ding” Santiago, and Jerry Om­lang.

Al­though the Korean was al­ready dead, the sus­pects still con­tacted Jee’s wife, Kyungjin Choi, on Oc­to­ber 30, 2016 and de­manded ran­som for his re­lease.

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