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‘Bato’ fears for Sta. Isabel’s life

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Syndicate behind Korean’s murder could try to kill detained suspect –– PNP chief

SENIOR Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel could be working with a powerful crime syndicate which may be out to assassinate him in order to prevent him from spilling the beans on the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo. 

Sta. Isabel should thus be detained at the maximum-security Camp Crame Custodial Center instead of being transferred to the Angeles City Jail, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa said yesterday.

The country’s top cop said they will ask the court to allow them to keep SPO3 Sta. Isabel at the PNP Custodial Center instead of bringing him to the Angeles City Jail following the issuance of a warrant for the cop’s arrest last Friday.
   
“Under threat itong tao na ito. Hindi ito pwedeng dyan lang sa kulungan ng Angeles City... Kailangan mag-manifest tayo doon na dito siya sa Crame makukulong,” the PNP chief told DzMM in an interview.
     
”Malaking sindikato ito, malaking sindikato itong kanilang grupo. Joint operation nila ng PNP at NBI iyung pwedeng ma-implicate sa kaso, baka magka-interest sa kanya, iyung mga tinamaan, kung mayroon na silang mga previous cases na ganito,” he added.
   
Gen. de la Rosa said he is confident that while at the PNP Custodial Center, any effort of the syndicate to kill Sta. Isabel, who has turned out to be the primary suspect in the kidnapping and murder of the Korean national, would be an exercise in futility.
          
The PNP chief said he suspects that Jee’s murder was not the first crime of the suspects.
   
“Hindi pa talaga tayo nakakakuha ng ebidensya na ma-conclude nating dati nilang gawain iyan. Pero malaki ang posibilidad dahil wala e. Hustler na. Iyung bang sanay na sanay na, simple lang. Kung hindi ka ganoon ka-tibay pwede mo bang patayin sa loob ng kampo?” he said.
   
Sta. Isabel has been accused of allegedly strangling the Korean to death inside the PNP national headquarters on the same day they abducted him. The PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group headed by Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao already has filed criminal charges against Sta. Isabel and his alleged cohorts, including his Supt. Rafael Dumlao (not related to AKG’s Dumlao), Senior Police Officer 4 Roy Villegas and PO2 Christopher Baldovino.  All are formerly assigned with the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group.
   
As of yesterday, police are still looking for Gerardo Santiago, a retired policeman-turned chairman of Barangay 165, in Caloocan City, the owner of the funeral parlor where the Korean’s remains were reportedly taken before being transferred to another crematorium where it was burned to ashes, and an alias “Jerry”, a supposed agent of the National Bureau of Investigation.
   
Gen. de la Rosa also called on the public to keep their trust and confidence in the police force whose majority are doing their sworn duty to “serve and protect.
   
“Sana po huwag kayong mawalan ng tiwala sa inyong PNP dahil iilan lag po silang gumagawa nito. Mas marami pa rin po kaming mga mababait... Please give us time, we will cleanse the ranks of PNP,” he said.