South Korea accepts PH apology over Jee’s death

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the South Korean government has accepted Malacañang’s apology over the killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo right within the premises of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters. In a statement, Panelo said he personally met with the Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn on February 3 to convey President Rodrigo Duterte’s and the government’s “sincerest” apology to the crime committed against the Korean national. “I also relayed to him our government’s commitment and strongest assurance that it will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the persons responsible for the murder and give justice to the victim.

I also told him that our countrymen share in their sorrow and grief over the brutal slaying of their countryman and expressed our regrets for its occurrence,” continued Panelo. According to him, Hwang accepted the apology and expects a “swift justice” to be served to Jee’s family. “In closing, Prime Minister Hwang thanked me for conveying the message of apology by the Philippine Government, and said that he will share President Duterte’s words of comfort to the Korean people. Prime Minister Hwang also requested that I extend his gratitude and appreciation to President Duterte,” Panelo added. PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa earlier reported that Jee was slain inside Camp Crame by police scalawags who are members of the police force’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG). Jee was reportedly kidnapped by policemen who used the government’s war against drugs to cover up an illegal warrant that was served to Jee. The AIDG has been abolished since and Duterte has made the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the lead agency in the war on drugs.
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