3 jailed suspects in Jee Ick Joo case transferred to Angeles City jail

Published August 22, 2018, 6:45 PM

by Roel Tibay


By Jeffrey Damicog

Three detained suspects including two policemen charged in the death of Korean Jee Ick Joo have been ordered transferred to the Angeles City Jail in Pampanga.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that Judge Irin Zenaida Buan of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 56 gave the order after granting the request of government prosecutors who sought the transfer.

Angeles City Regional Trial Court (photo courtesy of Philippines123.com) MANILA BULLETIN
Angeles City Regional Trial Court (photo courtesy of Philippines123.com) MANILA BULLETIN

Those to be transferred are Supt. Rafael Dumlao, SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel and civilian Jerry Omlang.

Prior the issuance of the order, Dumalao was detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame, Quezon City, while, the other two have been in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.

Citing the Rules on Criminal Procedure, Buan pointed out that under the rules provide that “an accused shall be delivered to the nearest police station or jail without necessary delay.”

“Considering the distance between this Court and the PNP Custodial Center as well as the NBI detention facility, it would be more practical for the accused to be detained at the city jail in order to facilitate their attendance during court hearings of their cases,” read the court’s ruling.

“As regards the claim of the accused that their transfer to and detention in the city jail will pose as a threat to their safety, security and life, the Court holds that the said argument lacks sufficient basis,” the judge added.

The judge also reminded the court is duty bound to comply with the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) Circular No. 76-2010 which “prohibits lower court from ordering the detention of an accused at the PNP Custodial Center.”

The three along with retired policeman Gerardo Santiago are facing charges of kidnapping for ransom with homicide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and carnapping.

Jee and his household helper, Marisa Morquicho, were abducted by the suspects 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.”

The Korean was brought to the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City where he was killed the same day. Morquicho was eventually released.

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

After a series of negotiations, Choi delivered P5 million in ransom money in front of the Central Town Mall in Porac, Pampanga on October 31, 2016.

On November 2, 2016, the suspects demanded an additional P4 million but Choi refused to so after they failed to show proof of life.