By Jeffrey Damicog
Police Lt. Col. Rafael Dumlao has been granted bail by an Angeles City court over charges he is facing concerning the 2016 killing of Korean Jee Ick Joo.
In a resolution which reached the Department of Justice (DOJ), Judge Irin Zenaida Buan of Angeles Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 56 granted the petition for bail of Dumlao who she ordered to post a bail bond of P300,000 for each charge he was facing or a total of P900,000.
Dumlao is facing kidnapping for ransom with homicide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and carnapping.
“After considering the evidence of the prosecution, the Court holds that its evidence failed to prove that the evidence of guilt of accused P/Supt. Rafael Dumlao III is strong,” read the court’s ruling dated April 24.
“Sitting through the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, the Court holds that none of them proved a particular act or acts of the accused Dumlao that clearly established his complicity in the abduction and killing of the victim Ick Joo Jee,” the magistrate explained.
Jee was taken along with his maid Marisa Morquicho on October 18, 2016 from his home in Friendship Plaza Subdivision, Angeles City under the pretext that police were conducting anti-illegal drugs operations under “Oplan Tokhang.”
The Korean was brought to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City where he was killed the same day. Morquicho was eventually released.
Even though the Korean was killed, the suspects still contacted Jee’s wife, Kyung Jin Choi, on October 30, 2016 and demanded ransom for his release.
After a series of negotiations, Choi delivered P5 million in ransom money in front of the Central Town Mall in Porac, Pampanga on October 31, 2016.
On November 2, 2016, the suspects demanded an additional P4 million but Choi refused to so after they failed to show proof of life.