'Evidence' from Sta. Isabel's wife won't dictate Jee slay probe: PNP

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Posted at Jan 23 2017 01:11 PM

MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa vowed Monday that investigation into the murder of Korean businessman Ick-joo Jee will be not be dictated upon by evidence from the wife of suspect SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel.

"We will consider lahat ng information na ibibigay niya. But we will not be guided or dictated by the wishes nung asawa na iyan because for all we know, she is the wife of the main suspect," Dela Rosa said in a press briefing.

"Bakit namin susundan kung anong gusto niya? Hindi niya kami pwedeng diktahan sa aming imbestigasyon."

(We will consider all the information that she will give. But we will not be guided or dictated by her wishes because for all we know, she is the wife of the main suspect. Why would we follow her wishes? She cannot dictate on our investigation.)

Jee disappeared from his home in Pampanga last October 18 when police from a special anti-narcotics unit abducted him under the guise of a raid on illegal drugs.

On the same day of his abduction, Jee was allegedly strangled to death by Sta. Isabel inside Camp Crame, the Justice Department said last week.

The kidnappers demanded a ransom from the victim's wife and she initially paid P5 million, thinking he was still alive.

Over the weekend, Sta Isabel's wife Jinky said she can prove her husband's innocence through a "recorded cellphone conversation" between her and Supt. Rafael Dumlao III.

Jinky alleged that Dumlao told her that Jee was involved in the illegal drug trade and money laundering, and has a boss named Albert Chua.

“Siya po kasi yung nagko-convince sa akin na kumbinsihin po yung asawa ko na mag-confirm doon sa mga pulis na ise-scenario nilang patayin,” said Jinky.

“Ganito po yung tenor ng aming conversation: Sabihin mo kay Ricky na i-confirm lang niya yung mga ise-scenario namin at ready na ang aming operatiba. Nandun na sa mga lugar. Ready na. Confirmation na lang ang kailangan namin mula kay Ricky.”

Dumlao allegedly promised Jinky that if her husband makes the confirmation, Dela Rosa would take back his manhunt orders against Sta. Isabel.

Jinky said her husband has not heard the recorded conversation because she surrendered it to the National Bureau of Investigation last Sunday. - With a report from Henry Atuelan, DZMM