The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police ruled out on Thursday, February 23, the possibility that the Korean Mafia was involved in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.
“We have exerted our efforts through our deputy director and intelligence service on the matter of the existence or non-existence of Korean Mafia. As of the moment we cannot say the certainty that there is a Korean Mafia in the Philippines,” NBI assistant director Medardo Delemos said.
The report could only state that there are some organized criminal Korean groups in the country, but as to whether it is a Korean Mafia… at the moment we cannot categorically state a positive or negative answer,” Delemos said at the resumption of senate inquiry on kidnap for ransom case involving rogue policemen.
Chief Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao of the Philippine National Police -Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) also confirmed that there was no Korean mafia involved in Jee Ick Joo’s case.
“In this particular case wala pong involvement ang Korean Mafia,” Dumlao said.
(In this particular case, there was no Korean Mafia involved)
Dumlao also revealed that they invited a Korean national, named Edward Yu-on, said to be a ‘person of interest’ in Jee’s case, for allegedly asking money from Mrs. Choi, Jee’s wife.
“We invited a person in this particular case dahil ito po ay humingi ng pera sa victim’s wife kay Mrs. Choi, after the abduction. Yung after ng October 18, he approached the victims wife, Mrs. Choi, and asked P500,000 to fast track the resolution of the case, according to him, at paghahatian raw ng AKG at NBI. Then another P100,000 after few days, para ibigay sa AKG director,” Dumlao said.
(We invited a person in this particular case because he asked for money from victim’s wife, Mrs. Choi, after the abduction, on October 18. He approached the victim’s wife, Mrs. Choi and asked for P500,000 to fast track the resolution of the case. According to him, the money will then be divided between AKG and NBI. Then, he asked another P100,000 after a few days, to give the money to AKG director)
“Then after a few days again, bumalik na naman po ulit ito at humingi na naman ng P200,000 para daw sa LTO,” Dualao added.
(Then after few days, he again returned and asked for another P200,000 for the LTO)
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, chair of committee and Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, asked Dumlao on how Yu-on participated in the case.
Dumlao explained that Yu-on was the one who allegedly persuaded Mrs. Choi to pay the ransom.
“According sa interpreter ni Mrs. Choi, in-encouraged niya na to pay the ransom immediately so that her husband will be released. Sabi ng attorney niya [Mrs. Choi] hindi niya dinivulge sa amin yun dahil involved nga kami sa paghingi ng pera. So parang natatakot po sa amin,” Dumlao said.
(Her lawyer did not divulge it to us thinking that we are involve in asking for money. So, she was afraid of us.)
Based on the latest information from PNP’s Korean counterpart, Yu-on was nowhere to be found.
“The latest is nasa Angeles Pampanga but according to our counterpart, Major Lee, he (Yu-on) is nowhere to be found. But they assured us na hahanapin daw nila at dadalhin ulit sa [camp] crame,” Dumlao said.
(The latest report is he’s in Angeles Pampanga but according to our Korean police counterpart, Major Lee, he (Yu-on) is nowhere to be found. But then, they assured us that they will search for him and they will bring him to [camp] Crame)