The United Korean Community Association in the Philippines (UKCA) on Wednesday offered a P300,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of suspects in the killing of a Korean businessman in Baguio City last Saturday.
Jeong Jun Seo, owner of a bar in Bokawan Road, was on board a vehicle driven by his live-in partner when unidentified gunmen ambushed him in Barangay Pinget.
He died on the spot due to gunshot wounds on the neck and chest. His companion was unhurt.
"We will do everything to arrest the suspects. There will be a 300,000 pesos reward to anyone who can give the information about the identity and location of the suspects," UKCA President Park Hyung Jun said.
A criminal profiler was also sent by the Korean government to speed up the investigation.
"The Korean government is taking this incident very seriously. We, Korean police, will cooperate with the BCPO (Baguio City Police Office) and other police offices to apprehend or arrest the suspects," said Korean investigator Kyu Hwan Choi.
Local authorities have launched a DNA analysis on the five empty shells and three bullets recovered from the ambush site.
"Kukuhanan din ng sample ng DNA yung mga basyo ng bala para ma-identify ang gunman [We will get DNA samples from the empty shells so we could identify the gunman]," said Dr. Rodrigo Leal, medico-legal officer of the Scene of the Crime Operatives
Baguio's Committee on Tourism, meanwhile, is seeking to assuage the fears of Koreans in the city.
"Of course, we think of the implication of this. This is a big news already in Korea. I was told by our friends in Korea that it is a headline in Korea so we have to have a closer focus on this event in the City of Baguio," said committee head and Baguio Councilor Elmer Datuin.
"This is purely a police matter, now we leave it to them, we are just observers who try to appease the Korean community in Baguio... We have a growing Korean Community, and they have to be assured of the peace and order situation in Baguio."
-- Report from Justin Aguilar, ABS-CBN News