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Family offers reward for info on missing Sokor businessman

/ 04:23 PM January 12, 2017

The family of the South Korean national abducted in the guise of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is offering a P100,000-reward money for any information that could lead to the victim’s location.

Jee Ick-Jo, an executive official of a South Korean heavy industries firm, was abducted last Oct. 18, 2016 by an anti-drugs police officer and seven others.

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Choi Kyung-jin, wife of the victim, said the kidnappers also took their personal properties like jewelries, her and their daughter’s passports and her husband’s vehicle, a black Ford Explorer with plate number ABT-1915.

NBI-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) Director Ric Diaz said his unit has been trying to locate Jee since last year as well as the five other suspects in the abduction.

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Diaz said that according to the witness, the victim was heard saying “I can’t breathe.”

“The NBI believes that this could be a case of kidnapping-gone-wrong,” Diaz said.

Last Oct. 31, 2016, the family gave a P5-million reward money to the abductors but Choi, through her interpreter, said her husband has not been released nor was she given a proof of life.

Then, the abductors asked for another P4 million, the family was asking for a proof of life but still, none was given prompting them to seek the help of authorities.

“The family is offering a P100,000 reward for any information that could help locate the husband,” Atty. Bryan Bantilan, the family’s lawyer said.

A criminal complaint has already been filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the police officer, the driver and house help as well as five other still unidentified cohorts. RAM

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