SENIOR Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, allegedly involved in the kidnap-murder of a Korean businessman last year, is a “multi-millionaire” despite a mere P8,000 monthly salary.
This information came out during yesterday’s Senate investigation, led by Sen. Ping Lacson, into the abduction and killing of Jee Ick Joo last Oct.18. At the hearing, Sta. Isabel came to face to face with the victim’s wife, Choi Kyung Jin and Jee’s househelp, Marisa Morquicho.
It was Sen. Grace Poe who managed to extract the fact that Sta. Isabel is a multi-millionaire. “Magkano ang sweldo mo?” Poe asked him. To which Sta. Isabel said: “Iyung misis ko po talaga ang nagpapatakbo ng business namin.”
Poe repeated her question. But Sta. Isabel again evaded her query and instead said: “Sagad po ako sa loan.” The lady senator did not give up. Eventually, Sta. Isabel said: “P8,000 po.”
PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) head Director Augusto Marquez reported that Sta. Isabel’s net worth as of 2016 is P17.3 million, excluding his bank deposits.
Marquez said that Sta. Isabel has real properties, five houses and lots in Kalookan City, owns a commercial building in Cubao, and two vehicles.
Sta. Isabel justified his net worth by saying that his wife, Jinky, is a good business manager. “Magaling po si misis. Graduate si misis ng law. May insurance po kami. Meron kaming bayad center, lotto outlet.”
Asked where did they get the capital for their businesses, Sta. Isabel said:”Sa sipag niya (Mrs. Sta. Isabel) po. Sa insurance at commission basis napalago niya business namin. Siya ang nakakaalam ng operation ng business namin.”
Lacson has urged PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to further review the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of Sta. Isabel. “Importante ‘yun. I back track n’yo a bit baka may mapulot na ibang illegal operation. There’s a lot to learn from this lesson.”
Pressed on the need to review Sta. Isabel’s assets and conduct lifestyle check of PNP officers and personnel, Poe said: “Ito nga ‘yung talagang nakakadagdag ng duda. ‘Di ba ilang beses kong tinanong si SPO3 Sta. Isabel, magkano ang sweldo mo? Talagang iniwasan niya ‘yung sagot, tapos lumabas P8,000 a month. Ang kanyang assets ay P18 o 20 milyon.”