DOJ to hold last hearing on the Jee kidnap-slay case for March 17

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2017 01:05 AM

MANILA — Handling fiscals and senior assistant state prosecutors Juan Pedro Navera and Olivia Torrevillas have set the last hearing on the kidnap-slay case of Jee Ick Joo for March 17.

This is to give respondent Supt. Allan Macapagal time to submit his counter-affidavit.

Macapagal faces obstruction of justice charges in connection with a raid that was conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation at Gream Funeral Parlor, where Jee's golf clubs were reportedly found.

The case will be deemed submitted for resolution after the March 17 hearing.

The Department of Justice will no longer accept reply affidavits and rejoinders so as to meet the April 19 deadline set by the Angeles City trial court for the conclusion of the reinvestigation.

The DOJ accepted counter-affidavits from employees of Gream Funeral Parlor and NBI officials (former NCR director Ric Diaz, former deputy director Justo Yap, and former anti-illegal drugs task force chief Roel Bolivar) who were also named respondents in the case during Friday's hearing.

Respondent SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel and SPO4 Roy Villegas also submitted a supplemental counter-affidavit.

A case for kidnapping for ransom with homicide was already filed against Sta. Isabel and several of the respondents before the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 58 

Sta. Isabel's plea for a reinvestigation of the original complaint filed with the DOJ, kidnapping for ransom and serious illegal detention, however, was granted by the presiding judge.