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.
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.
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.