MANILA-- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday said the alleged National Bureau Investigation (NBI) "asset" involved in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo is now under NBI custody.
Aguirre identified the alias "Jerry" as Jerry Omlang, one of the suspects who forcibly took the Korean executive from his home in a supposed anti-narcotics operation.
Aguirre, together NBI Director Dante Gierran, presented Omlang to the media at the NBI headquarters in Manila.
According to Aguirre, Omlang surrendered to the NBI last Friday and asked for protective custody.
Omlang said he decided to surrender because of the threats to his life and requested that he will be placed under the protective custody of NBI.
Omlang, accompanied by his lawyer, admitted taking part in the abduction as he also pinpointed to PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group-Pampanga (AIDG) head Superintendent Rafael Dumlao as mastermind while Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel was the one who hired him.
Darwin Lising, NBI-NCR Supervising Agent said he met Omlang in 2007 when he was assigned at the NBI's Anti-Human Trafficking Division and clarified that he is not an NBI agent but an errand boy or "striker" doing menial jobs for the NBI agents with no salary.
For his part, Gierran categorically denied that there is no participation of any NBI agent in the abduction incident.
Gierran clarified that Omlang is not an employee or an "asset" of the NBI.
"Kung sinuman ang nagsabi nun na gawa ng NBI agent sira ulo nun, hindi gagawin ng NBI yun. With the appearance of Jerry it may bolster the case," he added. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency