A Korean national served as the "go-between" between the kidnappers of slain Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo and his widow, according to Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group director Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao on Monday.
"Actually, may mga go-between na Korean na nag-advise kay Mrs. Choi Kyung-jin na to go with the ransom tapos humingi pa ng pera na P600,000 pampabilis daw sa imbestigasyon,” Dumlao told reporters.
He said they also found out that the go-between has links to the group of SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the main suspect in Jee’s abduction and killing.
"So naging person of interest namin ‘yun kasi sa imbestigasyon namin na malaliman nakita rin namin yung link niya sa grupo," Dumlao said.
He said they will not file a case yet against the go-between. “Not now, kasi isu-surrender pa sa amin ng Korean counterpart namin," he said, adding that the Korean will be turned over to them "anytime."
"Kasi nag-report na rin sa amin kaya lang wala pa kaming basis doon dahil wala pang statement si Mrs. Choi," he added.
Dumlao also saidcharges will depend on the prosecutor’s appreciation of the evidence that they will present.
Jee was abducted from his home in Angeles City, Pampanga, on October 18, 2016. He was brought to Quezon City and later in Camp Crame where he was killed on the same day.
Despite this, Jee's widow said the abductors still contacted her and demanded P5 million in ransom. The widow said she gave the amount to the kidnappers, but despite the arrest of the suspects, the probers have yet to determine where the money went. —KBK, GMA News