The Philippine government has issued an open statement apology to South Korea over the dubious kidnap-slay of a South Korean businessman inside the country’s police headquarters.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella extend the country’s deep regrets and assured the government will resolve it quickly and bring to justice the culprits behind the death of Jee Ick-Joo.
“We apologize to the South Korean government and people for this irreparable loss but we commit to the full force of the law to ensure that justice is served and not delayed,” Abella said in a Palace news conference.
“To the Korean people, please accept our sincerest and deepest regrets,” he added.
Abella additionally extended the President and the country’s condolence to the family of the killed Korean businessman.
“We wish to take this occasion to express condolences and sympathies of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people to Mrs. Choi Kyung-jin, the widow of Mr. Jee Ick-joo, the South Korean national who met untimely death while in police custody,” Abella said.
Jee was captured by policemen in his residence in guise of an anti-drug operation last October and was later murdered in Camp Crame. The culprits requested ransom payment from Jee’s family without informing them he was dead.
Malacañang recently vowed that there will be no whitewash or concealing in the examination concerning the kidnapping and murdered of the Korean national by suspected rogue policemen.
Abella said the government does not allow corrupt, abusive and errant policemen who deceive the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization and the people.
Earlier, the President rejected calls the resignation of PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa over the murder of the Korean businessman, proclaiming he continues to trust his top police.
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Duterte in like manner practically cleared Dela Rosa from liability over the incident, saying there was no criminal intention on the part of the PNP chief.
“There are two ways of committing crime under the revised penal code. What are they? Felony, malice or negligence,” he said. “Who would want that to happen inside your camp? No one,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Palace admits that the murdering of the South Korean demonstrates the “depth” of corruption inside government organizations including the PNP.
“Let’s go back to the President’s campaign theme to stop crime, corruption and illegal drugs. And apparently this is particular situation indicates there is truly a depth of corruption within the government system,” Abella said.
On concerns Dela Rosa seems to be untouchable, Abella insisted that the President totally trusts the PNP chief as part of the government group.