SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel on Thursday claimed to have witnessed his superior, Supt. Rafael Dumlao III, hitting abducted Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo inside the police camp.
Speaking before a Senate inquiry into the alleged 'tokhang for ransom' scheme of the cops, Sta. Isabel said when he arrived at Camp Crame after Dumlao told him to, he went to the Grandstand because their car was parked there.
"Pag bukas ko po dun sa pinto sa unahan, nakita ko po, pinapalo na po ng .45 yung Koreano. Nasa gitna po nakaupo yung Koreano, tapos si Atty. Dumlao, Rafael Dumlao, nasa unahan po, katabi po ng driver, tapos yung katulong po, yung biktima po, katabi niya naman po," he said.
"Nakaharap po si Atty. Dumlao sa Koreano, pinapalo po niya ng .45," he added, while gesturing before the chamber how Dumlao allegedly hit Jee with his caliber .45 gun.
Senator Risa Hontiveros then asked Sta. Isabel how he responded to the events unfolding before him, his superior hitting a suspect illegally taken from his residence, but the cop maintained that as far as he knew, the operation was legitimate and he knew none about how the victim was taken.
He added, he could not have done anything to save Jee.
"Wala naman po akong magagawa kasi PNCO (Police Non-Commissioned Officer) lang po ako at may mga kasama po siyang tao na dala. Di ko po alam storya nung huli nila dahil naka-blindfold pa po yung Koreano," he said, causing Hontiveros to shake her head.
"Sir, para sa akin, yung subordinate officer, walang business sabihan yung superior niya na shut up or wala kang magagawa dito, but definitely, ordinary ngang sibilyan, lalo na po police officer, pag may nakikitang an offense in progress, responsibilidad ninyong pigilan yan," said Hontiveros.
"Kung kayo umaksyon noon, siguro hindi patay si Mr Jee," she added.
Sta. Isabel also argued the same when Hontiveros asked him why he brought Jee's remains to Gream Funeral Homes, asserting that Dumlao is a lawyer, a colonel, and his superior.
Sta. Isabel also denied the allegations against him, asserting that he has "documentary evidence" to prove that he was not in Dau, Pampanga at that time.
"Tinawagan lang po talaga ako ni Atty. Dumlao para pakiusapan na pumunta dahil meron daw pong malaking trabaho kaya kailangan ko pong pumunta sa Crame," he said.