PNP hoping abducted Korean businessman still alive

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is hoping that the Korean national, who was abducted last October in Angeles City, Pampanga, is still alive and in good health condition.

The PNP expressed such a hope Friday since the victim has not surfaced yet despite payment by his family of the Php 5-million ransom to his abductors.

PNP-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) Director Police Senior Supt. Glen Dumlao, in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday, said that they themselves were not yet sure of what happened to Jee Ick-Joo since they could not anymore trace his whereabouts.

Dumlao added that like the statement of PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, he would not like to give “false hope” to the victim’s family because he knew their suffering for three months now with the kidnapping of their loved one.

Likewise, the PNP-AKG chief assured that they have a continuous operation to locate SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, who was allegedly behind the kidnapping incident.

Dumlao also asked for prayers for the safety of Joo.

”We hope. Ang sabi nga ni Chief we hope and we pray na meron (proof of life). We don’t want to give false hope. Kasi we have to assure. Kasi yung pamilya have suffered enough,” Dumlao said.

”Sana po Buhay pa (We hope he’s still alive). Let’s just hope and pray,” he added.