Angeles judge allows transfer of Korean kidnap-slay suspectNGELES City -- A regional trial court judge here has allowed one of the suspects in the October 2016 abduction and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo to be transferred to the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG).
During the hearing last Thursday afternoon, RTC Branch 58 Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr. approved the wish of SPO4 Roy Villegas to be transferred from the PNP Custodial Center to the PNP-AKG custody.
The Department of Justice earlier recommended to make Villegas as a state witness in the Jee kidnap-slay case, which the court approved.
The court has yet to discharge Villegas but remains one of the suspects in the case, that include SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, Jerry Omlang, Supt. Rafael Dumlao and 2 John Does.
Dumlao’s lawyer, Atty. Arnold Valenzuela, said they are opposing the discharge of Villegas. He also questioned the latter’s transfer to the PNP-AKG, saying only the PNP Custodial Center is the right custodial center for accused police officers.
Villegas was supposed to give his testimony last Thursday but he was not able to do so because the time was consumed by Omlang, who gave the court a handwritten request to change his lawyer and be represented by a Public Attorney’s Office legal counsels.
Sta. Isabel is being represented by PAO lawyers.
When asked by Judge Pangilinan about Omlang’s request, the PAO lawyers present in the hearing told him that they have yet to seek permission from PAO chief Persida Acosta.
The suspects are facing charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention and carnapping related to the abduction of Jee from his residence in Friendship Plaza Subdivision. The Korean was eventually killed inside Camp Crame and cremated outside.