MANILA - Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo was abducted and eventually killed to silence him, the anti-kidnapping unit of the police said Thursday.
Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao, acting director of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group, told the Senate inquiry they believe murder was the motive behind Jee's abduction.
"Base po sa imbestigasyon namin at saka sa pag-iinterview ko sa mga respondents lalo na kay Rafael Dumlao, talagang papatayin," he said.
Supt. Rafael Dumlao was the team leader of a unit of the now-defunct Anti-Illegal Drugs Group. It was his men who allegedly kidnapped Jee from his home in Angeles, Pampanga last year, and killed him inside Camp Crame that same night.
Rafael was among those charged in relation to Jee's kidnap-slay.
Glenn, the investigator, meanwhile, said per their intelligence validation of Rafael's statement, they believe Jee was already a "target."
"'Yung nakita ko sa pag-assume ko is talagang ia-assassinate siya, ma’am, because yung motive is really to silence him," he said.
"It’s because of yung extortion activities na nangyayari sa mga Korean community, but specifically sa Angeles area kasi andun po yung bulk ng Korean community, specifically po sa online, yung operation nila sa online gaming net," he added.
He agreed, the asking of ransom from Jee's wife seemed to be an "afterthought," so they are now pursuing the "go-between," allegedly a Korean national who facilitated the payment of the ransom.