Korean businessman’s murder has foreign chambers on edge: ‘Can PH authorities guarantee our safety?’

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By: Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com

February 6, 2017 5:41 PM

Camp Crame, natinnal HQ of the Philippine National Police: Korean businessman’s death by strangulation right inside the facility has put in question guarantees of safety for foreign investors and businessmen, according to a statement by the Joint Foreign Chambers in the Philippines,

MANILA – Can Philippine authorities ensure the safety of foreign businessmen? The murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, allegedly in the hands of policemen, and right inside PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, puts guarantees of peace, order, and safety “in question”, the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines said in a statement on Friday.

They include the chambers representing businessmen and investors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.

“We promote trade and investment between their respective countries and regions in both directions, but can only succeed in their mission if peace and order and safety can be guaranteed by the authorities. The kidnapping and brutal killing of Jee Ick-Joo puts these expected guarantees in question.”

Jee Ick-Joo was abducted in October 2016, supposedly by rogue cops who had hijacked the administration’s war on drugs for their own criminal agenda. His wife paid a ransom of P5 million to a group that contacted her, not knowing that the kidnappers had killed him the evening of the same day. His body was “processed” at a funeral parlor in Caloocan City, owned by a retired cop, and then cremated. The ashes were supposedly flushed down a toilet.

Supt. Raphael Dumlao, a team leader of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, and seven others, including three other cops are facing kidnapping for ransom with homicide charges.

View the statement below.

Joint Foreign Chambers

Statement on the kidnapping and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo

Members of the Joint Foreign Chambers, namely the American, Australian-New Zealand, European, and Japanese chambers, fully support the deep concerns expressed by the Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines (KCCP) regarding the kidnapping and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, and in general, the safety of local and foreign businessmen and residents at large in the Philippines.

We promote trade and investment between their respective countries and regions in both direction, but can only succeed in their mission if peace and order and safety can be guaranteed by the authorities.

The kidnapping and brutal killing of Jee Ick-Joo puts these expected guarantees in question.

We agree with the KCCP that the case has to be fully investigated, the people who did it or organized it be brought to justice fast, and that the government clearly states its policy on peace and order and on the safety of local and foreign residents.

The JFC appreciates President Rodrigo Duterte’s assurance that the people behind the death of Mr. Jee Ick Joo would receive the maximum punishment.

 

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