NBI confirms kidnapped South Korean's remains cremated last year


Posted at Jan 18 2017 07:45 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday confirmed to the wife of slain South Korean kidnap victim Jee Ick Joo that the businessman's remains had indeed been cremated.

Jee’s wife, accompanied by 2 companions, spoke with NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs chief Dir. Roel Bolivar upon her arrival at around 5 p.m. to get updates regarding the NBI's probe into the death of her husband, who was allegedly killed by his abductors who turned out to be members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs earlier went to a crematorium in Caloocan where Jee's remains were allegedly brought to be cremated. 

On Tuesday, 5 embalmers and personnel of Gream Funeral Services in Caloocan were brought in by the NBI for questioning, because a cadaver suspected to be that of Jee’s was allegedly brought there on October 18.

They confirmed that the South Korean's remains were indeed brought to Gream, after the NBI showed them photos of Jee.

According to the PNP, 3 police officers who supposedly helped SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel kidnap Jee were under restrictive custody as of Wednesday.

Sta. Isabel surrendered to the NBI and sought voluntary protective custody after he was linked to the abduction, said PNP Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa.

Jee went missing in Angeles City, Pampanga in 2016, and was strangled to death on the day of his abduction, according to investigation results given to the South Korean government. --from reports by Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News