PNP-Internal Affairs Service promises swift punishment for police in Jee kidnap-slay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Police officers tagged in the abduction and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo would likely be dismissed from service.

This is according to the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP IAS), which promised to expedite the administrative cases against the policemen involved. It said the cases would likely be resolved before the end of February.

PNP-IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo told CNN Philippines, they have strong evidence against suspects SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, P/Supt. Rafael Dumlao, SPO4 Roy Villegas, and PO2 Christopher Baldovino.

Triambulo said they are giving the four policemen until Friday, January 27, to submit their written explanation on why administrative charges should not proceed against them. Summary proceedings will start after that deadline.

Triambulo explains, the PNP-IAS is mandated to mete out administrative, not criminal penalites. Nevertheless, he said their department will do so as quickly as possible.

"Sa mga delay ng kaso, kaya mabagal ang aksyon dahil hinihintay muna nila matapos ang criminal investigation, which is not correct. Kasi sa amin, administrative lang at ang mandate sa batas, summary proceedings," Triambulo said.

[Translation: Cases are delayed and action takes time because they are still waiting for the criminal investigation, which is not correct. With us, it's only administrative and our mandate is (to do) summary proceedings.]

Adminstrative charges against the suspects include grave misconduct for Sta. Isable, while Dumlao is charged with simple neglect of duty for illegally detaining Jee's househelp, Marissa Morquicho, and for stealing Jee's car.

Dumlao is a member of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group.

Sta. Isabel and Villegas, along with four other men, are also facing criminal charges of kidnapping-for-ransom and homicide.

Jee was killed in October  inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. He was abducted from his house in Pampanga by Sta.Isabel and the other policemen, supposedly in the guise of the government's campaign against illegal drugs. The policemen apparently asked for an P8 million ransom from Jee's wife.

Triambulo said PNP-IAS is prepared to file administrative charges against any other policemen who might be found to be involved in the crime.

Meanwhile, PNP Spokesperson SSupt. Dionardo Carlos said an airtight case against dismissed policemen will keep them from going back to the service.

"La-lie-low lang pag hindi mo hinigpitan ang kaso ... When the chief goes, they will try to wiggle themselves in to the service. Nakakabalik," Carlos said.

(If you don't make the case airtight, they will just lie low... They manage to come back.)