Police deny serving warrant on Rafael Dumlao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2017 12:11 PM

The head of the police's Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) on Saturday denied that authorities served an arrest warrant on Police Supt. Rafael Dumlao at his home in Antipolo City, in connection with the abduction and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, AKG head Sr. Supt. Glenn Dumlao denied all that Supt. Rafael Dumlao said about the police’s alleged arrest-try Friday night. Rafael, who was tagged by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel in the slay of Jee, told media that the arrest was invalid as the police’s warrant stated the name “alias Dumlao.”

Rafael was supposed to be under restrictive custody at Camp Crame, Glenn said, but he left police headquarters without permission accompanied by Sr. Supt. Benjamin Acorda, who served as his “guardian officer."

According to Glenn, authorities tried to take Rafael back to Camp Crame, but he refused so the AKG told him that they would be forced to use a standing warrant of arrest for an “alias Dumlao” to take him in.

The police said they are now treating Rafael, who is still at large, as a suspect, because they believe he had a large role in the Jee kidnap-slay. They are now doing their best to prevent him from escaping or getting killed, because there have been threats on his life, Glenn said.

Police are continuing to search for Rafael, as he has to be returned to Camp Crame. It will be up to police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa to decide what will be done with the suspect upon his return to headquarters, the AKG head said.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said in an interview with radio dzMM that the police should first clarify with a court the identity of the “alias Dumlao” in the warrant prior to serving it to Rafael Dumlao. However, it may still be done if the police has evidence against the suspect.

“Kung may pinaghahawakan na incontrovertible evidence si Col. Glenn Dumlao, maaari siguro nilang ituloy iyan, hindi puwedeng itanggi. Pinakamagaling [na solusyon] ay may clarification, at nag-issue ang husgado ng warrant of arrest against this Rafael Dumlao,” he said.

However, the documents cannot be secured this weekend, as courts are closed, Aguirre said. --with reports from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News