THE Angeles City regional trial court has issued warrants of arrest against two active police officers and five others in connection with the abduction-slaying of a South Korean businessman in Angeles City, Pampanga last October.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday bared that Branch 58 of Angeles RTC ordered the arrest of SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, SPO4 Roy Villegas, Ramon Yalung and four people identified only by the aliases “Pulis,” “Jerry,” “Sir Dumlao” and “Ding” for kidnapping for ransom with homicide of businessman Jee Ick Joo.
Aguirre said that Sta. Isabel is currently under NBI custody and will be transferred to the PNP once the arrest warrant is served.
”Lumabas na yung arrest warrant about an hour ago Angeles RTC Branch 58, susunduin siya (referring to Sta. Isabel) ng arresting officer from Camp Crame. That will happen anytime this afternoon. The custody will be transferred to the PNP,” he explained.
Aguirre also emphasized the DoJ is now studying whether Sta. Isabel will be placed under Witness Protection Program (WPP).
“Wala kasi hindi pa tapos ang investigation. Unang una, hindi natin alam. ia-assess siya ng DoJ. Titignan natin kung hindi siya ang most guilty. If it appears na ikaw ang most guilty, then hindi qualified,” Aguirre explained.
The DoJ Secretary said that the wife of Sta. Isabel went to his office to provide statement and will be assisted by PAO lawyers under Persida Acosta.
”Marami siyang isinalaysay doon sa mga facts but mabuti na yung mareduce na muna sa writing para eksakto ang sasabihin natin kasi mahaba,” said Aguirre.
The DoJ said the kidnapping and serious illegal detention complaints filed by the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) against the suspects was upgraded to kidnapping for ransom with homicide due to the testimonies of respondent Villegas.
In a seven-page resolution, the DoJ said Villegas gave a detailed narration of the abduction and the eventual killing of the victim.
In his narration, Villegas said Sta. Isabel brought a packaging tape and surgical gloves and ordered them to cover the head of the victim and follow him.
“He finally recalls seeing respondent Sta. Isabel strangling and killing the victim,” the DoJ resolution said.