Cop in 'tokhang for ransom' scheme sacked


Posted at Jan 09 2017 01:11 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2017 02:35 PM

A police officer accused of kidnapping a South Korean businessman in a "tokhang for ransom" scheme has been sacked from the police force, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said Monday. 

In a press briefing, Dela Rosa said the unidentified police officer with the rank of Senior Police Officer 3 has been placed under restrictive custody in Camp Crame. 

A complaint has been filed against the police officer, he said. 

He confirmed the cop and another individual are accused of kidnapping a South Korean businessman in Angeles City last October 2016. Dela Rosa did not name the police officer and the second suspect. 

A Philippine Daily Inquirer report earlier said the police officer and his cohorts used the government's war on drugs as a cover to kidnap businessman Jee Ick-Joo, a former director at a South Korean heavy industries firm, last October.

The report said the officer, who is assigned at the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group in Camp Crame, and another man entered the South Korean's home in Angeles City last October 18 and announced a drug raid. 

Marisa Dawis, the couple's helper, said two men ransacked their house and accused Jee of being involved in drugs. Choi Kyung-jin, wife of the kidnapped businessman, said P540,000 worth of jewelry and other personal items were stolen from their house. 

The suspects then forced Jee and Dawis to board a black Toyota Hilux parked outside the house. 

The two were brought to Quezon City Memorial Circle where the men transferred a blindfolded Dawis to another vehicle. 

Dawis was freed in Cubao, Quezon City at 1 a.m. of October 19 and given P1,000 fare money so she could go home. 

The PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group said the Toyota Hilux used in the abduction was registered under the name of the suspect police officer’s wife.

Choi said she gave P5 million ransom to the kidnappers but they demanded P4.5 million more. She said the kidnappers texted her the message: "Game over." 

She then wrote a letter to President Duterte and PNP chief Dela Rosa to help solve the case.