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JANUARY 23 -PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday brushed aside calls for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa to resign over the murder of a Korean kidnap victim inside police headquarters at Camp Crame. “He stays there. Bato has my complete trust and confidence,” Duterte said, referring to Dela Rosa by his nickname. In an interview with GMA News, Duterte said he has ordered Dela Rosa to prosecute the rogue policemen who kidnapped then strangled Hanjin executive Jee Ick Joo inside Camp Crame in October 2016. “He must identify those policemen who are into this kind of activity,” Duterte said. “And I can assure you, everybody [involved] will be prosecuted.” Duterte’s expression of confidence came after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said some policemen involved in criminal cases and placed under PNP custody have gone missing.READ MORE...RELATED, DOJ chief smells destabilization in Jee’s slay...
ALSO: Duterte apologizes to South Korea over businessman’s kidnap-slay
[RELATED: Slain Korean’s widow to stay in PH until justice is served]
JANUARY 26 -President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his directive to local government offices to release permits and other documents within three days in his speech during his visit to New Hope Village Housing Project in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. He further reminds the public to report erring government workers to the 8888 Hotline. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte/ ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to South Korean government over the kidnap-slay of businessman Jee Ick-joo last year, allegedly by officials of the Philippine National Police. “I apologize for the death of your compatriot. We are sorry that it had to happen. But I can assure you, those responsible are known to us already and they will have to go to prison,” Duterte assured during the ceremonial switch-on of the Sarangani Energy Corporation Power Plant on Thursday, January 26. READ MORE... RELATED.Slain Korean’s widow to stay in PH until justice is served...
ALSO: Funeral home owner yields, vows to ‘tell all’ in Jee slay
JANUARY 28 -Funeral parlor owner vows to cooperate in probe of Korean's slay ABS-CBN FILE Amid “conflicting theories” surrounding the death of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, the owner of the funeral home where the remains of the victim were taken, returned to the country and vowed to “tell all” in the controversial case. At a news briefing, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said retired policeman Gerardo Santiago arrived in Manila from Canada early morning yesterday and was placed under the protective custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) “because of the threats to his life.” According to NBI Deputy Director for Forensic Investigation Services Ferdinand Lavin, the Department of Justice (DoJ) instructed the NBI to fetch Santiago at the airport. “I can see that he’s very much afraid for his safety. He promised to tell all,” he said. While Santiago’s name was not mentioned in the DoJ resolution where a case for kidnapping for ransomwith homicide has been filed in a Pampanga court, an alias “Ding” was mentioned in the complaint. READ MORE...
ALSO: Ar Senate, Lacson shows video of ‘tokhang for ransom’, cops in operation under guise of 'war against drugs'
[RELATED: Lacson to PNP, NBI = Get your act together on kidnap-slay of Korean]
JANUARY 27 -TOKHANG FOR RANSOM: Photo shows Senators Panfilo Lacson, Leila de Lima and Bam Aquino watching footage of police planting drugs during a raid. GEREMY PINTOLO Dressed in civilian clothes, the policemen entered an office and planted illegal drugs in the desk drawers of employees. Then a “raiding team” came in. The scenes were from a series of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage that Sen. Panfilo Lacson showed as an example of how some policemen were engaging in “tokhang for ransom” or extortion cases under the guise of the war against drugs. Related Stories 1,000 marijuana stalks uprooted in Balamban 1,525 marijuana stalks uprooted in Badian At the Supreme Court yesterday, a survivor and the families of four drug suspects killed in a drug operation in Payatas, Quezon City in August last year sought a writ of amparo and temporary protection order (TPO) preventing police officers from entering their area. READ MORE...RELATED, Lacson to PNP, NBI: Get your act together on kidnap-slay of Korean...
ALSO: With P17-M assets on P8,000 salary, suspected kidnapper SPO3 Sta. Isabel has a lot of explaining to do
[RELATED: Duterte - Cops in Korean’s slay will suffer]
JANUARY 27 -FACE-OFF: SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel (left), a suspect in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, attends a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on ‘tokhang for ransom’ cases yesterday. He was identified by Jee’s househelp Marissa Morquicho (center) as the one who kidnapped the victim. At right, Jee’s widow Choi Kyung-jin wipes away tears during the hearing. GEREMY PINTOLO With over P17 million in assets, the policeman suspected of kidnapping and killing Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo has a lot of explaining to do with regard to his wealth as contained in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Chief Supt. Roel Obusan, chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, told the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs yesterday that Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel recorded assets amounting to P17.3 million in 2015. These include five pieces of property, four in Bagombong, Caloocan, and a four-story building in Quezon City. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte: Cops in Korean’s slay will suffer...
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Dela Rosa stays; Duterte bucks critics; Chief gets tall order to go after rogue cops
PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa
MANILA, JANUARY 30, 2017 (MANILA STANDARD) January 23, 2017 by Rey E. Requejo and John Paolo Bencito, Macon Ramos-Araneta - PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday brushed aside calls for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa to resign over the murder of a Korean kidnap victim inside police headquarters at Camp Crame.
“He stays there. Bato has my complete trust and confidence,” Duterte said, referring to Dela Rosa by his nickname.
In an interview with GMA News, Duterte said he has ordered Dela Rosa to prosecute the rogue policemen who kidnapped then strangled Hanjin executive Jee Ick Joo inside Camp Crame in October 2016.
“He must identify those policemen who are into this kind of activity,” Duterte said. “And I can assure you, everybody [involved] will be prosecuted.”
Duterte’s expression of confidence came after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said some policemen involved in criminal cases and placed under PNP custody have gone missing.
MISSING SUSPECTED ROGUE COPS
One of these, Aguirre said, was PO1 Jonjie Manon-og of the Highway Patrol Group, who was accused of killing motorist John dela Riarte in July 2016.
“The HPG received a copy of the arrest warrant last Jan.18 but up to now he has not been found. We don’t know where he is,” Aguirre said in an interview.
Aguirre asked the PNP to comply with the court order, especially since Manon-og was supposed to be under restrictive custody due to separate murder and robbery charges against him.
“The PNP or whoever has custody of the accused is duty bound to produce him,” Aguirre said.
Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, who provided legal assistance to the victim’s family, said she would coordinate with the PNP for the HPG man’s arrest.
Acosta lamented that despite the arrest warrant issued Jan.12, Manon-og remained at large.
The two arrest orders issued by the Makati RTC branches 145 (for murder) and 138 (for robbery) against the accused were served to the Quezon City police district and PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.
The DoJ earlier indicted Manon-og after finding in preliminary investigation that he and the other arresting HPG officer, PO3 Jeremiah De Villa, shot Dela Riarte inside their police mobile after arresting the motorist following a traffic altercation along EDSA in Makati City.
The handcuffed victim died of multiple gunshot wounds in the chest, abdomen and right thigh.
Manon-og was also indicted for robbery after it was found that the victim had P30,000 in cash with him during the incident.
In a hearing in August 2016, De Villa and Manon-og denied allegations and claimed that Dela Riarte twice attempted to snatch their firearms.
However, a day after formally denying the charges against him at the DoJ, De Villa died after jumping off the roof of a building in Camp Crame.
Under criminal procedures, deceased respondents are automatically absolved of criminal liabilities.
Senator Ralph Recto on Sunday said if Dela Rosa manages to stay on the job, he must pursue his “birthday wish” to rid the PNP of scalawags like the ones who strangled Jee inside Camp Crame after abducting him from his home in Pampanga.
De la Rosa turned 55 on Saturday, “leaving him with exactly one more year before he retires to do some serious house cleaning,” Recto said Sunday.
“That should be his battle plan for the next 365 days. To leave behind a PNP purged of the crooks who give the whole organization a bad name,” Recto said.
“Start with acknowledging that problems do exist,” the senator urged Dela Rosa. “Then follow it up with an action plan on how to solved them. Don’t answer with excuses... This is not the time to be a denial king.”
He said given the gravity of the problem, any plan had to be “a radical one.”
“Heads must roll. Consider a major reshuffle, too. Ignore the political patrons of officers,” he said.
Earlier, two more lawmakers joined calls for Dela Rosa to resign.
House Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay party-list Rep. Joselito Atienza and Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop backed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s call, saying Dela Rosa has no other option but to submit a courtesy resignation or to immediately leave his post.
“We support Speaker Alvarez’s call for him to resign because of that major failure of the national police leadership. This is a big scandal for the country, the Duterte administration and the ongoing war on drugs. Under the principle of command responsibility... he should take the bullet for the President. No [excuses] can possibly soften public anger on what had happened to the South Korean victim,” Atienza said.
Acop, House committee on public order and safety chairman, said Dela Rosa could ease the burden for the President through a courtesy resignation.
Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption said the call for Dela Rosa to resign is still premature, but “it is a wake-up call for him to work double time.”
“I understand where Speaker Alvarez is coming from because Congress is the one appropriating budget for police operations. But his resignation is (still) premature. In fact, he worked hard to address this problem. That incident is really embarrassing so he must work very hard. He must also refrain from doing some unnecessary media or publicity stunt by observing proper decorum as head of the PNP,” he said.
Senator Panfilo Lacson said Dela Rosa must be focused on the problems within the PNP instead of watching the boxing bout of Senator Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas or the concert of Bryan Adams at the Araneta Coliseum.
In the meantime, he said there should be no more concert, boxing bouts or talk shows so that De la Rosa can focus on the problems of the police organization.
Lacson, who used to be a PNP chief, said Dela Rosa missed the point completely when he said it would have made no difference if he skipped the concert because the Jee was already dead.
“That’s not the issue!” Lacson said. “The issue is there’s a problem in Crame. There’s a problem in the PNP, and that should be his priority.”
“There was a wrong sense of priority when it comes to those things. If your house is burning, will you watch a concert?” he said.
Lacson warned of an eventual breakdown in discipline within the PNP if the organization is not cleansed of scalawags.
Unlike other lawmakers, Lacson said, he was not calling for Dela Rosa’s resignation because he wanted to give the police chief another chance. With Rio N. Araja
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AP DOJ chief smells destabilization in Jee’s slay 27 SHARES 1 0 0 Rainier Allan Ronda, Cecille Suerte Felipe, Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) - January 27, 2017 - 12:00am
In this December 2016 file photo, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, center, and National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran, right, presents to reporters seized Methamphetamine, locally known as Shabu, at a press conference in Manila, Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines - While investigations are ongoing on personalities involved in the kidnap-slay of Korean business executive Jee Ick-joo, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II sees a more sinister angle in the case – destabilization of the Duterte administration.
Speaking at the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs hearing on Jee’s killing yesterday, Aguirre said that a deeper investigation into the case could be worth considering based on his destabilization theory, which he disclosed before the panel.
According to Aguirre, before the case of Jee came out in news reports, he had heard that Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel of the Philippine National Police -Anti-Illegal Drugs Group was linked to retired police deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr., one of the so-called narco generals named by President Duterte.
Based on Garbo’s alleged links to the Liberal Party, particularly to former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II, Aguirre said that the killing of Jee could be part of a destabilization plot against the administration.
“What I want is for us to go deeper in the investigation of the PNP and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) because this could possibly have something to do with the destabilization of the government of President Duterte,” Aguirre said in Filipino.
Aguirre explained that those involved in the plot would naturally target the President’s war against drugs since this is the cornerstone of his administration.
“The symbol of the war on drugs is Gen. Bato dela Rosa. So if Gen. dela Rosa is destroyed, then I’m sure the PNP would be demoralized or destroyed too,” Aguirre said.
“And if you destroy the PNP as the arm of President Duterte in the war against drugs, then you will also destroy the administration of President Duterte,” he added.
While it appears that Dela Rosa is being targeted in the case of Jee, Aguirre said that the real target may be the President.
“So I am saying let us dig deeper. There may be someone higher than the highest ranked person being named in the Jee Ick-joo kidnapping. But there is that possibility, considering the admission borne out today that Sta. Isabel was a protégé of general Garbo,” Aguirre said.
It was not clear how Aguirre linked Sta. Isabel to Garbo but it may have something to do with the policeman’s revelation that he was once with the PNP Intelligence Group, formerly headed by Garbo.
Choi Kyung-jin, widow of Jee, in a statement at the end of yesterday’s hearing, said that justice must be served by showing that the criminals are being penalized and punished for their wrongdoing.
“I’ll be keeping an eye out until justice is completely served and until the end of this case. It is not only the Filipino citizens but also Korean citizens in the Philippines and in Korea who are keeping an eye on the situation. And my husband, who is in heaven, is also waiting for justice to be served,” she said.
OFWs in Korea
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in South Korea have raised concern that the killing of Jee would result in hate crimes or abuses against Filipinos in Korea.
Members of Katipunan ng mga Samahan ng Migranteng Manggagawa sa Korea (KASAMMAKO) said the case of Jee triggered antagonism among Filipinos working in Korea.
“The crime committed to Jee Ick-joo by policemen under the pretext of war on drugs scarred an enmity in the mind of the South Korean people. The potential ramifications of this incident are negatively inclined, considering the vulnerability to abuse of Filipino migrants here in South Korea,” KASAMMAKO said in a statement.
Duterte apologizes to South Korea over businessman’s kidnap-slay 9 SHARES Share it! Published January 26, 2017, 6:37 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his directive to local government offices to release permits and other documents within three days in his speech during his visit to New Hope Village Housing Project in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. He further reminds the public to report erring government workers to the 8888 Hotline. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo President Rodrigo Roa Duterte/ ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to South Korean government over the kidnap-slay of businessman Jee Ick-joo last year, allegedly by officials of the Philippine National Police.
“I apologize for the death of your compatriot. We are sorry that it had to happen. But I can assure you, those responsible are known to us already and they will have to go to prison,” Duterte assured during the ceremonial switch-on of the Sarangani Energy Corporation Power Plant on Thursday, January 26.
In his apology, Duterte did not deny that members of the PNP were the ones behind the abduction of Jee from his home in Angeles City, Pampanga, and eventually his death inside Camp Crame last October 2016.
“T*** *** kayong pulis, bantay kayo. Hindi ko kayo papalusutin. You will suffer,” he warned, adding that he is even thinking of sending the heads of these policemen over to South Korea.
The kidnap-slay of Jee, allegedly initiated by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, SPO4 Roy Villegas, and Supt. Raphael Dumlao III, among others, sparked calls for PNP director general Ronald Dela Rosa to resign. But he got Duterte’s backing, who on Sunday said Dela Rosa has his complete trust and will stay in his position.
Malacañang earlier said in a statement that it is outraged over the incident and assured the public that there will be no whitewash or cover-up on the abduction and killing of Jee.
It also said, through Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo, that the revival of the Mamasapano incident is not to divert the public’s attention from the kidnap-slay.
Panelo also said that the incident will not affect the credibility of Oplan Tokhang, the government’s anti-drug campaign.
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Slain Korean’s widow to stay in PH until justice is servedBy: Yuji Vincent Gonzales - Reporter / @YGonzalesINQINQUIRER.net / 04:45 PM January 26, 2017
Choi Kyung Jin, the widow of Korean National Jee Ick-joo, is overcome by emotion during the Senate Hearing on the murder of her husband. INQUIRER PHOTO/ ALEXIS CORPUZ
The wife of slain Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo is not leaving the Philippines until justice is served over the abduction and murder of her husband.
During the Senate hearing on alleged “tokhang for ransom” cases on Thursday, Sen. Benigno Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV shared that he was able to have a chitchat with Choi Kyung-jin, who he said had expressed intent in staying in the country until her husband’s murder is resolved.
“She said she will stay in the Philippines and wait until justice is served to her husband. Palagay ko po (I believe) we owe it to her, to the officials who are here, to come to the conclusion of this case as soon as possible,” Aquino said before the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs suspended its session.
“Isipin n’yo po, nangyari na ‘yan sa bansa natin, and yet she is going to stay here and wait for the resolution of this case. Palagay ko po sa kasong ito, malinaw na ang mga personalities involved—ang kailangan na lang alamin ay ang accountabilities at actions. Baka kahit papano, with our speedy resolution, baka kahit papaano mabalik nang kaunti ang tiwala,” he added.
READ: Palace vows justice for Jee Ick-joo
(Think about it, her husband was killed in our country, yet she is going to stay here and wait for the resolution of this case. I think that in this case, it’s already clear who the personalities involved are—we just have to determine the accountabilities and actions. Perhaps with the speedy resolution to the case, we can earn back the trust.)
For her part, a teary-eyed Mrs. Choi said justice must be served “by showing that criminals are being penalized for the offense they are doing.”
READ: Wife of slain Korean: What did we do to deserve this?
“We’ll be keeping an eye out until justice is served and until the end of this case. It’s not only Filipino citizens but also Korean citizens here in the Philippines and in Korea who are keeping an eye on this situation,” the wife said in a message translated in English by an interpreter.
Jee was taken from his home in Angeles, Pampanga last October 18, 2016 by policemen allegedly led by Sta. Isabel of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs group in the guise of a drug operation. It was later revealed that the businessman was killed inside the police headquarters in Camp Crame the same day he was abducted.
The Senate panel is set to resume its investigation next week. IDL
Funeral home owner yields, vows to ‘tell all’ in Jee slay Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:00 By Julius Leonen, Pat C. Santos and Angie M. Rosales
JANUARY 28 -Funeral parlor owner vows to cooperate in probe of Korean's slay ABS-CBN FILE
Amid “conflicting theories” surrounding the death of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, the owner of the funeral home where the remains of the victim were taken, returned to the country and vowed to “tell all” in the controversial case.
At a news briefing, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said retired policeman Gerardo Santiago arrived in Manila from Canada early morning yesterday and was placed under the protective custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) “because of the threats to his life.”
According to NBI Deputy Director for Forensic Investigation Services Ferdinand Lavin, the Department of Justice (DoJ) instructed the NBI to fetch Santiago at the airport.
“I can see that he’s very much afraid for his safety. He promised to tell all,” he said.
While Santiago’s name was not mentioned in the DoJ resolution where a case for kidnapping for ransomwith homicide has been filed in a Pampanga court, an alias “Ding” was mentioned in the complaint.
Aguirre confirmed that “Ding” is Santiago.
He said Santiago started sending feelers for his return through trusted intermediaries last week and requested that he be secured upon his arrival.
“Preliminarily, because of the threats to his life, he will be placed under the protective custody of the NBI,” Aguirre told reporters.
Aguirre said Santiago claimed he had been getting death threats from two groups. He did not elaborate.
The DoJ chief, however, stressed the return of Santiago fits well for the collective search for the truth behind the killing.
“There are loose ends in the case that’s why he could be of big help in explaining the unanswered questions in the investigation,” Aguirre stressed.
Asked if Santiago can be placed under the Witness Protection Program, Aguirre said “he asked the NBI to be placed under the WPP of the government, it is imperative that he executes a statement because before anyone could be put under the custody of the WPP, a person must have a statement before the WPP and the DoJ will assess the application.”
The DoJ chief added they will give Santiago the opportunity to get a lawyer before executing an affidavit.
Get acts together
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the NBI have different angles on the case as they examine the pieces of evidence surrounding Jee’s death.
During a Senate hearing on Jee’s case, senators noted some loopholes in the gathering of evidence of the NBI, conducting a search in the funeral home where the body of Jee was taken without any warrant.
Jee’s golf bag was recovered by police investigators at the Gream Funeral Home but it was not noted by NBI investigators when they conducted their search.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson yesterday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to take the lead in getting to the bottom of the kidnap-slay case of Jee by ordering concerned agencies to get their acts together.
His call came amid initial findings in the Senate probe on the case where the PNP and the NBI came out with conflicting theories.
“The urgent thing that the President can do is to step into the picture and advise the NBI and the PNP to get their acts together to build up an airtight case against true perpetrators,” he said.
Lacson, who chairs the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said he will have Santiago appear in the next hearing on February 2.
“His testimony is likewise crucial to the inquiry,” the senator stressed.
Arising from the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman, Moon Jae-in, the leading presidential hopeful from the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), has criticized Mr. Duterte for not taking responsible action.
“An innocent Korean was killed in the Philippines again. It’s quite a shock that this time incumbent police officers were involved and the murder was committed within the police headquarters,” Moon said on Facebook.
“What’s more shocking is that President Duterte did not hold the police chief, who faces growing calls to resign from the Philippine people, responsible but rather participated in his birthday party.”
Calling such an attitude diplomatic rudeness, Moon said, “I sternly request the Philippine government — as a friend — to take responsible measures based on constitutionalism.”
Mr. Duterte has apologized to the South Koreans over the incident and vowed that those responsible gruesome crime will go to prison.
Malacañang also yesterday said it understands the sentiments of Moon.
“Well, we understand where the South Koreans are coming from. They feel deeply about it. And the President has also expressed his deepest and profoundest apologies,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told a news briefing.
He, however, stressed”...Let us be cognizant of the fact that it’s being spoken by a political hopeful. So it may be nuanced by some interests.”
Suspend Oplan Tokhang
Senators yesterday called for the suspension of the administration’s war on drugs until such time that PNP Directo General Ronald de la Rosa had weed out the bad elements in the organization.
A number of senators agreed that such cases such as Jee kidnap-slay was not an isolated case as claimed by de la Rosa and Aguirre and assessed that it undermines the government’s war against illegal drugs.
“The PNP should consider a halt until they have cleansed their ranks,” Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros, during Thursday’s hearing at the Senate on the case, brought up the matter of at least suspending what she noted as aggressive style in the campaign against illegal drugs as the PNP cleans up its ranks and re-instate internal discipline.
In the hearing, de la Rosa admitted that some of his police senior officers have no control over their subordinates when asked on why SPO4 Roy Villegas is afraid of Senior Police Officer3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the alleged principal suspect in the Jee case.
The PNP chief said Villegas was merely following the instructions of Sta. Isabel on the kidnap-murder. Both Villegas and Sta. Isabel are implicated in the said crime.
Senators Sotto, JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino and Lacson disputed claims that it was an isolated incident.
“The PNP should consider suspending Oplan Tokhang while they are cleansing their ranks as a result of this controversial case. It is essential that cleansing of the force be done as soon as possible to restore trust and confidence in the police force and the government as well,” Ejercito said.
Lacson noted that there have been cases similar in nature but did not lead to death.
Aquino said it was clearly established in the hearing that the type of abuse committed by those allegedly behind the Jee kidnap-slay incident was not isolated.
It’s possible that some rogue policemen may have taken advantage of President Duterte’s all-out war against drugs, Ejercito said.
“It is really sad that these few bad eggs have tarnished the image of the PNP. The leadership of the PNP has to handle this case very well and make sure that those involved be prosecuted and jailed because this is a black eye in the international community,” he addedsaid.
“I join the observation of Lacson and other sectors such as the Filipino-Chinese and Korean communities that tokhang for ransom is not an isolated incident,” Hontiveros said. Joyce Ann L. Rocamora, Charlie V. Manalo and PNA
Lacson shows video of ‘tokhang for ransom’, cops in operation under guise of 'war against drugs' 10 SHARES 1 0 0 Rhodina Villanueva, Romina Cabrera, Edu Punay, Alexis Romero, Marvin Sy, Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - January 27, 2017 - 12:00am
TOKHANG FOR RANSOM: Photo shows Senators Panfilo Lacson, Leila de Lima and Bam Aquino watching footage of police planting drugs during a raid. GEREMY PINTOLO
MANILA, Philippines - Dressed in civilian clothes, the policemen entered an office and planted illegal drugs in the desk drawers of employees. Then a “raiding team” came in.
The scenes were from a series of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage that Sen. Panfilo Lacson showed as an example of how some policemen were engaging in “tokhang for ransom” or extortion cases under the guise of the war against drugs.
Related Stories 1,000 marijuana stalks uprooted in Balamban 1,525 marijuana stalks uprooted in Badian At the Supreme Court yesterday, a survivor and the families of four drug suspects killed in a drug operation in Payatas, Quezon City in August last year sought a writ of amparo and temporary protection order (TPO) preventing police officers from entering their area.
A writ of amparo is a remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.
Lacson said the incident captured on CCTV took place on Oct. 26, 2016 at a location he declined to disclose in public because the victims were afraid to report the matter.
In one of the clips, a man carrying a backpack was seen entering the office and planting what Lacson said was “shabu” in the drawers of the employees.
Shortly after, the “raiding team” came in, causing a commotion among the employees. Two other clips showed the suspects hitting some of the employees.
The final clip showed the suspects rounding up the employees inside a small room.
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WATCH Lacson presents CCTV footage of cops allegedly planting drugs Published January 26, 2017 6:13pm - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597241/news/nation/lacson-presents-cctv-footage-of-cops-allegedly-planting-drugs#sthash.WMtTpbrb.dpuf
Lacson said the suspects even stole various items worth P7 million and then asked the owner of the business to cough up another P2 million.
“These are SOTG. Special Operations Task Group. There are officers here and not just PNCOs (police non-commissioned officers),” Lacson said.
“They (victims) are so scared that they don’t want to complain. Trust is something you should earn. It cannot be demanded. You cannot just tell the victims to report (the incident).You should show them that you are able to address their problems. Kakalat ‘yan eh,” Lacson said.
He said there were more extortion cases involving members of the PNP and he could prove them.
Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, presented the footage during an inquiry into the kidnap-slay of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo.
The Korean is believed to have been a “tokhang for ransom” victim as policemen allegedly demanded money from his family to avoid getting charged for illegal drugs.
JEE CASE UNPRECEDENTED
Lacson said the case of Jee, which started as an extortion attempt and ended with his murder, was unprecedented.
He said there were other cases that were similar in nature but did not lead to the deaths of the victims.
The Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order head Teresita Ang See told Lacson there were at least 12 cases involving rogue policemen, whose victims were all from mainland China.
Lacson detailed two of the cases, one which took place on Oct. 24, 2016 where the victim was taken from his home and brought to Pasay City by armed policemen.
The policemen asked the wife of the victim for P500,000 but because she could only produce P200,000, they charged him with violation of Republic Act 9165 and held him without bail.
Another case involved a certain Xiao Xin Min, a 46-year-old Chinese national who was kidnapped by eight heavily armed members of the PNP.
A total of P3 million ransom was demanded by the suspects, P1 million of which was paid by the victim’s brother who flew in from China with the cash.
Despite the payoff, Lacson said the victim was charged with an undisclosed case.
123 Lacson said the victims were reluctant to come forward out of fear of reprisal from the police.
“I said trust must be restored first. There was a time the Filipino-Chinese community, they were reporting kidnapping cases. But now we don’t have this anymore. So we need to restore trust before we can solve this issue,” Lacson said.
He said that administrative cases could be pursued but without any complainants, no criminal case can proceed.
Lacson told PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa that it would take time to earn the trust of the civilian populace, especially the victims, and so he and his men would have to be proactive in dealing with these cases.
“Find conduits, hanap kayo ng padrino, how do you convince them to complain and solve it? That’s the only time that you will earn the trust of the people to voluntarily complain because something is being done. But once they do not see any results, they really won’t trust you,” he said.
Lacson said the police force was being ruined by these incidents.
'Frustrated' Dela Rosa turns emotional, cries at Senate hearing
He said the Jee case was indeed tragic and unfortunate, but enough for the police force to lose public trust and respect.
“Amid these appalling circumstances, we must ask ourselves: do our men in uniform live by the honor and pride of their police badges and outfits? Or should our people live in horror and fear, unsure of their safety, at the sight of police officers in their neighborhood and even in their homes?” Lacson said.
SC asked: Stop ‘Oplan Tokhang’
In the first case to challenge the so-called “Oplan Tokhang” after seven months of the Duterte administration, petitioners led by Efren Morillo, the survivor in the operation who is set to testify in the murder and frustrated murder charges against police officials, also sought issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the implementation of the anti-illegal drug operations of the police station covering their barangay.
They likewise asked the high court to direct the PNP to produce and allow inspection and reproduction of intelligence and surveillance reports, police blotters, coordination, video and all other official and unofficial documents involving police operations conducted on Aug. 21, 2016.
The petition was filed a day after Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno revealed that the perception of the rule of law in the country had diminished due to unresolved killings of drug suspects.
Petitioners said they sought relief from the SC to prevent further violation of their constitutional and human rights to life, liberty and security.
Morillo was joined by the families of slain drug suspects Marcelo Daa Jr., Raffy Gabo, Anthony Comendo and Jessie Cule in filing the petition through the legal assistance of the Center for International Law (CIL).
Named respondents in the petition were Dela Rosa, Quezon City Police District director Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, QCPD Police Station 6 commander Supt. Lito Patay and several other policemen, namely Senior Insp. Emil Garcia, Police Officer 3 Allan Formilleza, POs 1 James Aggarao and Melchor Navisaga.
In filing the amparo petition, Morillo said he was fearing for his life as he was being tapped as vital witness in the cases being prepared against the police officials.
The 28-year-old vegetable vendor also cited the filing of charges of direct assault upon agents of persons in authority against him, which he insisted were trumped up allegations and clearly part of persecution by the perpetrators.
“The other petitioners suffer the same violation of their right to life, liberty and security. They are terrified for their own lives and the lives of their family members, relatives and loved ones because the perpetrators keep returning to intimidate and harass them into silence,” the petition stressed.
“They are violated in their own homes because the perpetrators freely barge in. They could not go to work because they are afraid to leave their children alone in their houses. Their lives are at a standstill,” petitioners alleged.
Kidnapped Korean strangled inside Camp Crame Former Hanjin executive and South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo was strangled inside Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine National Police, shortly after he was kidnapped by rogue policemen in October, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) resolution. By: Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:16 AM January 20, 2017
Petitioners further pointed out that the policemen in the actual operation – Garcia, Formilleza, Aggarao and Navisaga – were members of a police community precinct (PCP) that did not have operational jurisdiction in Barangay Payatas.
They alleged that the policemen hid this fact by fabricating death certificates of the four slain suspects showing that the incident took place in another barangay under their PCP’s jurisdiction.
The victims, according to CIL lawyers, were garbage collectors and scavengers in the dumpsite.
The CIL added in a statement they were preparing a more comprehensive petition to cover the nationwide scope of Oplan Tokhang.
Dela Rosa challenged the petitioners to prove in court the four people who were killed in that police operation were not drug personalities.
The alleged drug suspects died after they allegedly fought the arresting officers. “As I have said, I will not defend the wrongdoings of policemen,” the PNP chief said.
He stressed not all anti-drug operations were the same as that of SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel’s case involving Jee.
Dela Rosa said Jee’s kidnapping and subsequent killing right inside PNP headquarters in Quezon City was an isolated case.
Eleazar said they would reopen the investigation and coordinate with the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) on the case and would abide by whatever the decision of the SC would be.
The QCPD chief did not defend the operatives but said he was inclined to believe the veracity of the report made by his men on what transpired that day.
“All of these could be subjected to investigation. I was not there… The presumption of regularity in operations is there unless… there is evidence (that there is something wrong with it), then it will not be tolerated. That is our official line,” he added.
Official police records showed the four named operatives were conducting Oplan Tokhang in the residence of Daa when the shootout ensued at 3:40 p.m.
Police said the suspects opened fire when they noticed the presence of operatives in the area, which led to their neutralization.
The fifth suspect, Morillo, was able to escape and seek medical assistance at a hospital in Montalban where he was eventually arrested and transferred to East Avenue Medical Center.
However, there was a discrepancy in terms of the place of occurrence, as the police said the shootout ensued at Group 9, Area B in Barangay Bagong Silangan but it also said in the same report that the encounter happened at Daa’s residence in Barangay Payatas B.
The QCPD later revised this initial report and said that the residence of Daa was actually in Bagong Silangan.
Still, both barangays are under the jurisdiction of the Batasan Police Station 6 of the QCPD.
Eleazar raised the possibility that the operatives were actually not operating under Oplan Tokhang but were conducting regular police operations at the time.
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Lacson to PNP, NBI: Get your act together on kidnap-slay of Korean By JP LOPEZ January 27, 2017
SEN. Panfilo Lacson yesterday said lack of coordination between the National Bureau of Investigation and the PNP would weaken the case against cops involved in the kidnap-slay of Korean business executive Jee Ick Joo.
“I would suggest, with all due respect, that you both have a case conference ASAP, and thresh out the differences (you have in terms of the evidence.) Maybe we can reconcile those in order to boost the case,” Lacson said during a hearing on the case.
“I like to enjoin the NBI and PNP to coordinate – not too late to coordinate – because the case will suffer here. I hope you will not fall victim to intrigues, coming from a respondent at that,” Lacson said, noting that the case has been filed before the Angeles City Regional Trial Court in just 65 days.
Lacson made the recommendation after PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said the PNP and NBI investigation on the case is not jiving.
Lacson said under the NBI investigation, SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel is not the primary suspect, “the reason why there were media or press releases that Sta. Isabel is being considered to the Witness Protection Program (WPP). He is disqualified because he is a law enforcement officer.”
He said the defense is just looking for a chance to cast the slightest doubt on the prosecution evidence or testimony of people and file a motion for the dismissal of the case.
“Alam niyo, pagdating sa court, kapag may reasonable doubt, magkaroon lang ng kaunting doubt – kasi kailangan sa conviction is guilt beyond reasonable doubt – and if we fall prey or if we fall victim to, you know, disinformation, intrigues, baka mag-suffer ang kaso. Maawa naman tayo sa biyuda at maawa naman tayo sa mga susunod na biktima pag nakalusot ang mga involved dito, ibig sabihin, ma-encourage ‘yan,” Lacson said.
Dela Rosa also told the panel that Sta. Isabel was charged with kidnapping when he was still assigned in Caloocan in 2007. The case, however, had been dismissed.
“Ang tinitingnan natin ang kaso, napahiya na tayo dito: buong Korean government, buong Korean community, buong Koreano, Republic of Korea, ‘wag natin pabayaan, baka ma-dismiss pa itong case,” Lacson said.
He advised Dela Rosa and NBI director Dante Gierran to reconcile their differences instead of clashing with each other.
“Kasi iba ang NBI, iba ‘yung PNP kasi kapag nadismiss ito, hindi lang PNP, NBI ang may tama dito, kundi ang buong Pilipinas. That is an appeal from the chair, and I hope you consider that appeal,” Lacson said.
Gierran said Dela Rosa, before the hearing, approached him and expressed willingness to coordinate to bolster their case.
“Iyong totoo lang ang palalabasin natin; wala kaming dapat itatago. We will only surface (with) the truth; we should not be hiding anything,” Dela Rosa said.
COP DENIES INVOLVEMENT
Sta. Isabel, who reportedly strangled Jee on the night of October 18 at Camp Crame, continued to deny his involvement in the case, insisting he was being used as a fall guy. He pointed to his immediate superior, Supt. Raphael Dumlao, team leader of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group Special Operations Unit, who allegedly led the operation against Jee on the pretext of President Duterte’s war against drugs.
“Hindi po totoo ang lahat ng sinabi niya,” said Dumlao, who has been arrested for his alleged participation in the kidnap-slay of Jee, who was abducted last October 18 in Angeles, Pampanga.
Sta. Isabel and Dumlao had been charged with kidnapping for ransom with homicide, along with SPO4 Roy Villegas, Ramon Yalung, and four other individuals identified only as “Pulis,” “Jerry,” “Sir Dumlao,” and “Ding.”
Sta. Isabel maintained his innocence despite the fact that he had been positively identified by Marisa Dawis Morquicho, the househelp of Jee who was also taken by the group of men who forcibly took the Korean in his house.
Morquicho, whose face was covered with a shoal during the hearing, testified that Sta. Isabel Jee’s house supposedly looking for shabu.
“Noong nasa kusina po kasi ako noon. Bale, iyong bahay po nila is kusina, sala, diretso po. Noong pagpasok ko po doon sa kusina, may nakita po akong lalaki na nagbubukas po ng drawer doon sa sala,” Morquicho said, referring to Sta. Isabel.
Sta. Isabel said Dumlao ordered him to kill and dispose of Morquicho. Instead, he freed her and even gave her P1,000 for transport money, which Morquicho confirmed.
Sta. Isabel insisted that he was not with the group that kidnapped Jee and said he was called to Camp Crame by Dumlao on the night of October 18. He said that when he got there, Jee was dead.
He said he was ordered by Dumalo to take care of the body, which was brought to the Gream Funeral Services in Bagbaguin, Caloocan City, and was later turned over to the St. Nathaniel Crematory in La Loma for cremation.
Sta. Isabel also claimed that Dumlao and Senior Supt. Alan Macapagal went to his house in Caloocan City last January 13 asking him to approve of a “scenario” in which some Pampanga policemen would end up as the supposed perpetrators in the Jee case.
But Sta. Isabel refused, saying he could not implicate Pampanga policemen he never knew. He said Dumlao identified them as Col. Mana and Insp. Laygo, members of Pampanga PNP Special Operations Unit.
“Ituro mo na sila, total papatayin naman ang mga iyan,” Sta. Isabel said, quoting Dumlao. Dumlao supposedly assured Sta. Isabel that the statements of PNP chief Roland dela Rosa against him would be taken back and that a case filed against him would be withdrawn if he agreed to the “scenario.”
Several times, Sta. Isabel tried to present before the committee video footage and phone conversations to prove his innocence but the panel, led by Lacson, blocked its presentation.
With P17-M assets on P8,000 salary, suspected kidnapper SPO3 Sta. Isabel has a lot of explaining to do 15 SHARES 3 0 0 Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) - January 27, 2017 - 12:00am
FACE-OFF: SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel (left), a suspect in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, attends a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on ‘tokhang for ransom’ cases yesterday. He was identified by Jee’s househelp Marissa Morquicho (center) as the one who kidnapped the victim. At right, Jee’s widow Choi Kyung-jin wipes away tears during the hearing. GEREMY PINTOLO
MANILA, Philippines - With over P17 million in assets, the policeman suspected of kidnapping and killing Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo has a lot of explaining to do with regard to his wealth as contained in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
Chief Supt. Roel Obusan, chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, told the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs yesterday that Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel recorded assets amounting to P17.3 million in 2015.
These include five pieces of property, four in Bagombong, Caloocan, and a four-story building in Quezon City.
Sta. Isabel also listed as his vehicles a Toyota Hilux, Toyota Vios, Honda tricycle and a Kawasaki motorcycle.
He listed a total of P3.02 million in liabilities.
Obusan noted that the net worth of Sta. Isabel in 2014 was P20.3 million.
Asked by Sen. Grace Poe how much he was earning as a policeman, Sta. Isabel said that he was paid a mere P8,000 a month.
He said that his wife was able to put up several businesses, including an insurance company, a Western Union branch, a Bayad Center and Lotto outlet.
Sta. Isabel said that his wife, a law school graduate, is the brains in the family and manages all of their businesses.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said that there was a presumption that Sta. Isabel was clean because when he assumed office in 2016, he was assigned with the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, which he called “the highest title in the office of the PNP.”
“It’s only now, when they were caught in this crime, that these things came out… If they were not caught they would have continued with their activities and we will never know),” Dela Rosa said in Filipino.
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Duterte: Cops in Korean’s slay will suffer By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR January 27, 2017
Korean national Choi Kyung Jin, wife of a South Korean businessman who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by the police, testifies during a Senate .
PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday apologized anew for the kidnap-slay of Korean Jee Ick Joo and said the cops involved in the business executive’s death will “suffer” under the country’s laws.
Duterte issued this statement during the Ceremonial Switch-on of Section 1 and the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Section 2 of the Sarangani Energy Corp. Power Plant in Maasim, Sarangani.
“I apologize for the death of your compatriot,” he said, referring to Jee’s fellow South Koreans. “We are very sorry that it had to happen, but I can assure you those responsible are known to us already and I’m telling you that they will have to go to prison. I will see to it that they are sentenced to the maximum.”
He noted that the Philippines has no death penalty and used the occasion to urge Congress to reinstate the death panelty.
Duterte said if the death penalty was reinstated, he would hang about 20 convicts a day and joked that might even send the bodies to the power plant for additional fuel.
“I said I am very sorry for that sordid incident. But I can assure you I will see to it. Better if they escape prison. I’ll send their heads to your…T***** i** kayong mga pulis, bantay kayo. Hindi ko kayo papalusutin,” Duterte said.
Jee, 53, a former Hanjin executive, was abducted last October 18 in his house in Angeles, Pampanga by a group of men supposedly led by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel on the pretext of a drug bust.
A cop who was with Sta. Isabel on the day of the kidnapping, SPO4 Roy Villegas, alleged that Sta. Isabel strangled the Korean inside the latter’s Ford Explorer on the night of October 18 inside Camp Crame.
Sta. Isabel, Villegas, Supt. Raphael Dumlao, team leader of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group Special Operations Unit who allegedly led the operation against Jee in the guise of President Duterte’s war against drugs, have been charged with kidnapping for ransom with homicide along with Ramon Yalung, and four other individuals identified only as “Pulis,” “Jerry,” “Sir Dumlao,” and “Ding.”
Jee’s kidnap-slay has shocked Koreans residing in the Philippines for its brazenness and has led to the relief of Senior Supt. Sidney Villaflor, the chief of police of Angeles City, Pampanga.
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa the other day said at least two civilian agents of the National Bureau of Investigation were also involved in the kidnapping of Jee.
Dela Rosa had also come under fire over the Korean’s slaying, with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez calling for his resignation last week.
But Duterte earlier this week said Dela Rosa still enjoys his full trust and will stay as chief of the 165,000-strong police force.
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