MANILA - Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino on Tuesday said they are looking into the possible involvement of some South Koreans in incidents involving rogue cops and South Korean crime victims in Angeles City.
Aquino told ANC that there were previous cases of crimes perpetrated allegedly by South Koreans against their own countrymen.
"We are also looking if there's some involvement of Koreans also in these particular cases kasi most of the time, kung meron mang krimen na ang biktima ay Koreano, eh meron ding Koreano na nai-involve. We try to check also bakit naging biktima ng mga pulis itong mga tatlong Koreano. Somehow baka may tipster or meron silang kasamahan na Koreano na nag-seselect kung sinong pwedeng biktimahin. So we are conducting different investigations on this," he said.
Aquino said they are coordinating with South Koreans' associations in the city, as well as with the South Korean embassy.
According to Aquino, the case of the South Koreans allegedly arrested and detained by 7 cops from the Angeles City Police Station 5 is "plain robbery-extortion."
"But recently, seven of my policemen who are assigned in Angeles City again, and the residence is same with Jee-ick Joo, itong Friendship Subdivision, kung saan nakatira po itong 3 Koreans. Again, it's not a 'tokhang' operation but rather allegedly an operation on illegal online gambling," he said.
"It's very clear na hindi po sila pumunta doon for an operation but for extortion," Aquino also said, adding that the police officers in question were not even wearing their uniforms when they "arrested" the victims.
The cops released the South Koreans after they allegedly paid P300,000.
The cops also allegedly took P10,000 from the wallets of the South Koreans before they were released.
The incident happened last December 30, 2016. The victims filed a complaint at the South Korean Embassy last January 5.