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Funeral parlor owner invokes right vs. self-incrimination in Jee slay probe

The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson, has resumed its investigation into the death of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

Among those who testified included SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, who allegedly strangled Jee to death, and Gerardo Santiago, who owns Gream Funeral Parlor in Caloocan City where the victim's body was brought.

When Santiago was asked if it was true that he had ordered his staff to flush into the toilet bowl the cremated remains of Jee, the former cop said, “I invoke my right against self-incrimination.”

This reply disappointed Senator Grace Poe, who was grilling Santiago.

She said, “kung wala kayong kinalaman sa isang kaso, mas madaling sabihin yon kaysa gumamit ng ganyang legal move (if you are not involved, this is easier to say, than use that kind of legal move).”

Santiago said, “nung dumating ang bangkay, ipinagkatiwala ko na po yon sa staff ko na si Stephanie Gotera (when the body arrived, I left it to my staff, Stephanie Gotera, to handle the remains).”

He explained he was in Canada at that time and was just coordinating with Gotera through the telephone.

Topics: Jee Ick Joo , Senate , probe , slay , Poe
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