President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with Mrs. Choi Kyung-jin, wife of slain Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, less than a week after apologizing for the latter's death.
Choi was accompanied in the meeting by South Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin.
The President earlier condoled with Choi after her husband suffered an "untimely death while in police custody" last year.
Duterte also made an apology to several South Koreans during a recent speech at a switch-on ceremony of a coal plant in Sarangani.
“I apologize for the death of your compatriot. We are very sorry that it had to happen, but I can assure you those responsible are known to us already and they will go to prison and I will see to it that they are sentenced to the maximum," he said.
He also warned those involved in the crime that they will suffer for their acts.
"I’m very sorry for that sordid incident, but I can assure you, I will see to it. Better if they escape [from] prison. T*** i** kayong mga pulis. Bantay kayo. Hindi ko kayo papalusutin. You will suffer,”he said.“Maybe I can send your heads to South Korea.”
The South Korean Foreign Ministry earlier revealed Filipino police officers kidnapped and killed a South Korean businessman who went missing last October in Angeles City, Philippines. It said 3 Filipino police officers and a former policeman were involved in the kidnap-slay.