THREE more suspects have been indicted for the kidnap-slaying of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo in October last year, according to the Department of Justice.
As a result, the department filed before the Angeles City RTC Branch 58 criminal charges against Police Supt. Rafael Dumlao III, former official of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group; Jerry Omlang, a striker or errand boy at the National Bureau of Investigation who surrendered and confessed to his participation in the crime; and Gerardo Santiago, the retired police officer who owns the Gream funeral parlor where Jee’s body was cremated.
Dumlao and Omlang were both named principal accused in the kidnapping for ransom with homicide, while Santiago as an accessory.
Omlang and Santiago both surrendered to the NBI earlier and tagged Dumlao as the mastermind in the kidnapping of Jee.
The prosecutors concluded after hearings that Dumlao had a direct knowledge of Jee’s kidnapping and conspired with Sta. Isabel, Villegas and Omlang.
“As one of the planners of the kidnapping, Dumlao was, at the very least, a principal by inducement who was a conspirator with Sta. Isabel and the others,” the DoJ panel says in a resolution.
“Dumlao’s denials have no evidentiary weight and do not deserve our scant consideration.”
The DoJ has already indicted Senior Police Officer 2 Ricky Sta. Isabel, Senior Police Officer 4 Roy Villegas and Ramon Yalung in the case. They were charged with kidnapping for ransom with homicide case before the RTC, which included unidentified people with the aliases “Dumlao,” “Ding” and “Pulis.”
After the reinvestigation ordered by the court, the prosecutors affirmed their findings on Sta. Isabel but cleared Yalung.
In its latest resolution, the DoJ also found probable cause to file a separate case for kidnapping and serious illegal detention against Sta. Isabel, Dumlao, Omlang and Villegas for the abduction of Marisa Dawis Morquicho, the housemaid of the Jees in their Angeles city residence.
It also filed another case of carjacking against the three for taking away Jee’s vehicle .
However, the panel cleared three NBI officials implicated by Dumlao in the crime: former NBI deputy director for investigation services Jose Yap, former National Capital Region director Ricardo Diaz and former Task Force against Illegal Drugs head Roel Bolivar.