The Daily Manila Shimbun


PNP to investigate alleged Korean Mafia, but says it is not behind Jee’s death

February 6, 2017

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will investigate the alleged Korean Mafia that was mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte but this is not the “official line” being followed by investigators on the kidnap-slay of businessman Jee Ick-joo.

“I told a reporter that as of yet we cannot say that was the reason for the death of Jee Ick Joo, but the president said that he saw the existence of Korean Mafia in Region 7. We will further study that angle, that theory,” PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa told reporters in Camp Crame Monday.

But Dela Rosa said the Korean Mafia theory is not the one being followed in the case of Joo.

“I want to say that (it) has not been the official line, theory that is being followed by the PNP and NBI on that investigation,” Dela Rosa said.

“Please separate our official line from those of the retired that give there conjectures about the case. They are not on top of the situation. They are not on top of the case. Those who investigate are the Anti – Kidnapping Group (AKG) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI),” he added.

Dela Rosa said the PNP will be studying more, “research more on this mafia” We will make proper research about this group then we will let you know,” he added.

A police officer who allegedly served in the disbanded Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) claimed a Korean Mafia is behind the murder of businessman Jee.

Last Saturday, Duterte quoted an intelligence report about the South Korean Mafia based in Cebu City.

Duterte warned that they (Korean Mafia) will be killed by government authorities like ordinary Filipino criminals if they will not stop their illegal activities which allegedly includes prostitution, illegal drugs and kidnapping. Robina Asido/DMS