- The body of the kidnapped Korean businessman has been found
- The victim’s remains is said to have been brought to a funeral parlor in Caloocan City on the same day he was abducted
- Someone also allegedly paid P30,000 to the mortuary operator to process the body
MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has finally found the body of the missing South Korean trader who was abducted in his home last October and it was deposited at a funeral parlor in Caloocan City.
An article by Marlene Alcaide for InterAksyon dated January 17 said Jee Ick-Joo’s remains was brought to the said funeral parlor on October 18, the same day when armed men who introduced themselves as police officers seized him from his house in Angeles City.
Also, someone had allegedly paid P30,000 to the mortuary operator to process the victim’s body. The discovery was confirmed by the NBI on Tuesday, January 17.
Jee’s abduction and disappearance has been the subject of an investigation after the victim’s wife, Choi Kyung-jin, sought the authorities’ help to find her missing husband.
Choi reportedly paid the kidnappers P5-M ransom two weeks after Jee was abducted, but still she was not able to see her husband.
The case has now been widely referred to in several media reports as a ‘tokhang-for-ransom’; a term which Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa said ‘hurts’ them and the entire police force in the face of its ongoing war against illegal drugs.
On Monday, SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the alleged mastermind behind Jee’s kidnapping, has voluntarily surrendered to NBI and is now under protective custody despite the absence of an arrest warrant.
Dela Rosa vowed to prove Sta. Isabel’s involvement in the case and claimed that a ranking PNP officer is one of the latter’s protectors.
Despite being named by Marisa Dawis, the house helper who was abducted with Jee but was released the next day, Sta. Isabel maintains he has nothing to do with the Korean’s kidnapping.
Meanwhile, Dela Rosa said the suspect cop chose to surrender to the NBI instead of the PNP because he was supposedly aware that an ‘airtight’ case has already been built against him.