MANILA - Two police officials who share the surname "Dumlao" are involved in the kidnap-slay case of Korean businessman Ick Joo Jee: one is tagged as a suspect while the other leads the investigation.
Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao, chief of the police Anti-Kidnapping Group, heads the investigation against the rogue policemen who allegedly killed Jee inside Camp Crame on the same day that he was abducted last October 18.
Among those being investigated is Supt. Rafael Dumlao III, who was tagged by his subordinate, SP03 Ricky Sta. Isabel, as the alleged mastermind of Jee's killing.
Glenn clarified Monday that he is not related to or has ever worked with Rafael.
"Siya [Rafael] Dumlao, namesake ko iyun. So hindi po kami nagsama nung bata. Hindi ko po alam iyung nanay niya o iyung father niya," Glenn said at a press conference.
"Normal lang na 'pag nagkita kayo dito at nakita kong Dumlao, 'O Dumlao ka.' That's all."
(Rafael Dumlao is my namesake. But we have never worked together and I don't even know his mother or father. It's just normal that when I see him, I tell him, 'Oh, you're also a Dumlao. That's all.)
PNP chief Director General Bato dela Rosa said the two policemen should not be confused with each other.
"Wag ninyong ipag-ganoon-ganoon 'yung Superintendent Dumlao na suspect at saka itong Senior Superintendent Dumlao na nag-imbestiga," Dela Rosa said while crisscrossing his fingers.
(Don't confuse Superintendent Dumlao the suspect with Senior Superintendent Dumlao the investigator.)
Superintendent Dumlao was relieved from his post and placed in restrictive custody last week.