MANILA (UPDATED) — President Rodrigo Duterte set a deadline for the surrender of the 3 assets of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who were allegedly involved in the abduction and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.
Duterte gave the NBI 48 hours to produce the agents in question.
"While I'm giving also the National Bureau of Investigation to produce those assets, I just give them maybe 48 hours, and they cannot be located, and they surrender to the NBI, it would be dereliction of duty on the part of the officials of the NBI," Duterte said in a press conference in Malacañang late Sunday night.
He also offered a reward of P1 million for each agent if they fail to surrender.
"Tag-P1 million kayo," Duterte said, adding that NBI officials will suffer if the agents do not surrender before the deadline expires.
According to Duterte, NBI Director Dante Gierran may be relieved from his post should the agency fail to arrest said assets.
"So I am addressing myself to Dante Dante Gierran. Alam mo I will let you in... noong tinanong ko 'yan siya, sabi ko Dante, sinong ma-recommed mong NBI director? (Gierran said,) 'Marami naman kami sir pero ako na lang sir?' Oo I expected that answer from you. Isa pang tanong ko sa 'yo Dante, kaya mo bang pumatay ng ahente mo pag nakasala? Ang sinagot mo sakin, 'Yes sir.' So mangongolekta na ako sa guarantee mo. Assets nyo yan. alam niyo kung nasaan," he said.
"The worst is, kung hindi mo makuha 'yan, I might relieve you. Kayo 'yung mag-asset-asset diyan tapos itong mga p*******a 'yun ang maging kriminal," Duterte added.
Duterte had also given Supt. Raphael Dumlao 24 hours to give himself up, offering P5 million if he doesn't.
Later, PNP chief director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa informed Duterte that Dumlao has offered to be taken into custody.
"Latest story. Papa-custody na. Mabuti, Dumlao. Abugado ka pa naman. Sayang, mabiyuda 'yang asawa mo, pati 'yung anak mo mawalan ng tatay," Duterte said.
Dumlao, who was supposed to be under restrictive custody at Camp Crame, left police headquarters without permission accompanied by Sr. Supt. Benjamin Acorda, who served as his "guardian officer."