The Philippine government has apologized to South Korea for the death of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.
The statement of apology was read by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday morning.
“We apologize to the South Korean government for this irreparable loss. We commit to the full force of the law to ensure that justice is served and not delayed,” he stated.
Abella also said, “to the Korean people, please accept our sincerest and deepest regrets.”
The Palace extended a special message to Jee’s family.
“We wish to take this occasion to express the condolences and sympathies of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino people to Mrs. Choi Kyung Jin, wideo of Jee Ick Joo, the South Korean national who met untimely death while in police custody,” Abella further stated.
Jee was abducted from his home in Pampanga on October 18, 2016 and was apparently strangled to death while at the PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.