Coincidence? Jee's househelp hired a day before killing

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Posted at Jan 26 2017 04:58 PM

Marissa Morquicho, witness in the abduction and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, testifies during the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee hearing at the Philippine Senate in Pasay City on Thursday. Mike Alquinto, NPPA

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday raised suspicions of a possible “inside job” on the kidnapping and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, noting the “coincidence” that Jee's househelp was only hired a day before the incident.

De Lima said Jee’s househelp, Marissa Dawis-Morquicho, who was kidnapped along with the Korean national, was hired on October 17, 2016, a day before the kidnapping and killing took place.

Morquicho was kidnapped along with Jee in Angeles City, Pampanga, on October 18.

“She was hired by the victim and his wife the day before the actual incident. Sabi nga ni Mr. Chair, kailangan maging madumi rin ang utak natin,” De Lima told Senator Panfilo Lacson, during an inquiry of the Senate public order committee.

“Is it too much of a coincidence? Ano ba ang background niya?...I’m just speaking aloud. Baka naman inside job?” De Lima asked.

Responding through an interpreter, Jee’s wife, Choi Kyung Jin said Morquicho was recommended by a close Korean friend which was also confirmed by the latter, noting that she does not know the name of the Korean who recommended her.

“Hindi ko po alam ‘yung name niya kasi friend po yun ng dati kong amo,” Morquicho said.

Morquicho said she previously worked for a Korean employer as well in Clark, Pampanga. 

"Sa Clark po muna ako nagtrabaho, one year ako dun. Korean din 'yung amo ko noon," she said.

Morquicho claimed that she saw Jee being beaten up while they were inside a vehicle. However, she said she did not witness the killing of Jee since she was transferred to a separate vehicle and was dropped off at Cubao, Quezon City later on.