Wife of Korean kidnap victim offers P100k reward for info on husband

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 12 2017 05:25 PM

The wife of South Korean kidnap victim Jee Ick-Joo has offered a P100,000 reward for anyone who can provide leads to the location of the businessman.

Kyunghin Choi faced reporters on Thursday to ask the public for help to find her husband.

Armed men kidnapped Jee and his helper in his home at Angeles, Pampanga last October 18. The helper was released the following day.

The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has already identified three of the eight suspects. A police official assigned at the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group is reported to have led the kidnapping.

PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa earlier ordered a manhunt for a policeman allegedly involved in the kidnapping.

The two other suspects are still free since an arrest warrant has yet to be issued against them. The Department of Justice is still investigating the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against the two.

Choi blasted the slow arrest of the suspected kidnappers since no charges have been filed against them.

According to Atty. Bryan Bantilat, lawyer of the victim’s family, the suspected police asked the investigating DOJ prosecutor to inhibit which is why the DOJ had to assign a new investigating prosecutor.

On Wednesday, the PNP chief also met with Choi to assure her and the Korean Embassy consul of the swift police action to recover the victim and locate and arrest the suspects.

The kidnapping has left a huge impact on the victim’s family, prompting them to move into a new home and consider leaving the country once they find Jee.

Choi confirmed that they paid a P5 million ranson last October 31 but the kidnappers still did not release her husband. The suspects did not also show any proof that the victim is still alive.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still investigating whether the kidnapping is related to “Tokhang” operations.

They are also looking at carjacking and robbery as other angles since the victim’s car was also stolen along with other important belongings.

--reports from Mike Navallo and Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News