- A memorial service for Jee Ick Joo was held inside Camp Crame
- The PNP Chief said it was the slain korean’s widow who requested it
- PNP Chief De la Rosa said he felt awkward in the presence of Korean Community during the memorial service
A memorial service for the slain Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo was held Monday, February 6, at the Multi-Purpose center in Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police where his life was snuffed out by a police officer in October last year.
According to GMA News, PNP Chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa said it was the slain businessman’s widow, Choi Kyung Jin, who requested that the memorial service be held at the camp.
“It’s upon the request of the wife kaya dito natin ginawa ‘yung memorial service, kasi nga dito namatay so dito natin hinohost,” De la Rosa said.
[It’s upon the request of the wife that is why the memorial service was held here. We hosted it because it was here where he died.]
After the memorial service, the PNP chief admitted that facing the Koreans present at the memorial service was an awkward moment for him.
“Feeling ko masama talaga ang loob nila sa amin, lalo na sa akin dahil I am the chief of the police. ‘Yun ang pakiramdam ko lang na hindi maganda ang feeling nila, na masama ang loob nila dahil pinatay nga ‘yung kanilang kababayan. Awkward talaga on my part,” he said.
[I’ve a feeling that they really are upset with us, especially with me because I am the police chief. That’s what I felt…that they were disgruntled because their compatriot was slain here. It’s really awkward on my part]
The PNP chief said Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin told him after the memorial service that they were satisfied with the ongoing probe on Jee Ick Joo’s death.