Philippines: Police Murder South Korean Businessman — Filipino police officers making kidnapping and murder normal day’s work?

South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo was staying in the Philippines when he disappeared without a trace three months ago, only to be found dead this week, allegedly killed by the local police.

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  Jee Ick Joo

Jee’s relative, identified only with his last name Ji, reportedly paid a ransom of ₩5,000,000 ($100,000) to kidnappers two weeks after he was abducted in Angeles City, Philippines.

According to a South Korean official, Filipino police officers kidnapped Jee and killed him on the same day he went missing last year, AFP reported.

“The Philippine police told us that several police officers had been named as suspects in the kidnapping and murder,” said an official at Seoul’s foreign ministry.

Philippines’ Department of Justice would later reveal that the South Korean businessman had been strangled to death in his own vehicle, a black Ford Explorer, while inside the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

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Local authorities are now investigating eight suspects, three of them are current local policemen.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a source privy to the investigation claimed that the crime scene was just a few steps away from the office and official residence of PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. The source also said that while there were security cameras in the area, they could no longer recover any footage since the killing happened three months ago and the video files had already been deleted.

In a recent media briefing, PNP Chief Dela Rosa said he wanted to “melt in shame” upon learning that the crime happened within their headquarters.

 (Philippine Star,

“President Duterte sees a loophole in the current Constitution that is supposed to have safeguards against the declaration of martial law in the country.”

 (December 29, 2016)

 (Duterte to declare martial law only if needed, Philippine Inquirer, December 28, 2016 )

 (December 23, 2016)

Panic tends to be the effect of repeated warnings from the government about a supposedly heightened but vague terrorist threat. The warnings from top government officials are scaring away travelers and stoking fears, not of a terrorist attack but, because of recent developments, the possible suspension of civil liberties and suppression of political dissent. (Philippine Star, December 4, 2016)

Having suffered through terrorist attacks in the past, Filipinos already know the drill and need only gentle reminders about the benefits of eternal vigilance. The government can rely on public cooperation in the face of genuine threats. Anything beyond such reminders is unnecessary and, if the threat is real, already a victory for the apostles of terror.

 (Philippine Star, December 1, 2016)

 (Philippine Star, December 1, 2016)

“They are afraid the incident could cause President Duterte to declare martial law. I talked with some sultans and ulamas and elders here… and that’s what they have told me,” Ponyo said.

 (November 30, 2016)

Philippines — Emotional Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa cries over erring cops, November 23, 2016. Phil Star photo . — Acting?

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo, Jean-Marc Ferré

Summary executions of supposed drug dealers and other criminals have become a common occurence in recent weeks. The STAR/Joven Cagande, file

 (November 16, 2016)

 (August 10, 2016)

Davao City’s Ronald dela Rosa has been appointed to become the next chief of the Philippine National Police to lead President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s planned crackdown on illegal drugs. Facebook/Dela Rosa

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