President Duterte assures widow of slain Korean: “Justice would be swiftly served”

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte personally on Monday assured widow Choi Kyung-jin that justice would be swiftly served on the death of her husband, Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

President Duterte made this assurance after meeting Choi and South Korean ambassador to the Philippines, Kim Jae-Shin, at the Malacanang Palace on Monday afternoon.

"The President gave his assurance to the widow of slain South Korean businessman that justice would be swiftly served," Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a text message to the Palace reporters.

President Duterte, Abella said, has also assured the personal safety of the bereaved family.

In a press conference late Sunday night, President Duterte also directed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, to cleanse the PNP of scalawags and criminal policemen.

President Duterte has tagged Police Superintendent Rafael Dumlao as the mastermind in the kidnapping and murder of the Korean executive right inside the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame in October 2016.

The President also directed Dela Rosa to create an oversight committee that will look into policemen who have previous criminal records.

In response to President Duterte's directive, Dela Rosa has ordered the temporary suspension of the campaign against illegal drugs under Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel to focus on cleansing the PNP ranks.

In a Senate hearing last week, Choi appealed to Philippine authorities to go after the killers of her husband. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency