Jee Ick Joo kin marks Korean businessman’s death anniversary

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2018 07:29 PM

A policeman arranges a portrait of slain Korean businessman Jee-Ick-Joo as family members and acquaintances hold a memorial service for Jee, at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Thursday, October 18, 2018. They held the 2nd death anniversary memorial service at the parking spot where he was allegedly killed by members of the PNP in 2016. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Family and friends of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo held a memorial service Thursday to mark his second death anniversary.

The service held at Camp Crame in Quezon City was led by Jee's widow, Choi Kyung Jin, together with relatives and friends.

A mass was held at the compound of Police Community Relations Compound, where Jee was killed after being kidnapped by police in October 2016. 

Jee, a South Korean businessman, was killed allegedly by rogue policemen inside the Philippine National Police's (PNP) headquarters.

His death shook the police force, which at the time was the lead institution of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

According to Il Ho An, regional president of the United Korean Community Association in the Philippines, justice is slow in terms of the kidnap-slay of Jee.

“I hope your government and justice find exact suspects. Of course, they have to have their own punishment to keep our justice. That’s why we are all here. If we are not here, all Koreans, this will be forgotten easily,” Il said.

Il said they still believe that not all policemen in the Philippines are wayward. 

“We understand it’s not all of the Philippine policemen, but I always remind you about the families,” Il said.

"We Koreans always remember this sad happening. We don't like this kind of happening [to occur] anymore for the Korean community,” he added. 

Il said Koreans are hopeful that the Jee Ick Joo case will be resolved soon. 

"We, Koreans we want to always remember this memorial anniversary after we finish this resolution,” he said.