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Biased na: DOJ wants Kapampangan judge to inhibit from Jee Ick Joo slay case

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Angeles City Judge Zenaida Buan has been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to inhibit herself from handling the slay case of Korean Jee Ick Joo after allowing the crime’s alleged mastermind Police Supt. Rafael Dumlao III to post bail.

“The People move for the immediate inhibition of Presiding Judge Irin Zenaida S. Buan from continuing to hear these cases in her sala since in issuing the Order dated April 24, 2019 without considering all the facts laid down by the People’s witnesses, the People have utterly lost their trust and confidence that the Presiding Judge can still continue to handle the instant cases with fairness and impartiality,” stated DOJ prosecutors in their omnibus motion.

Last April 24, the magistrate issued an order granting the petition of Dumlao to post bail.

However, DOJ prosecutors argued that the judge disregarded vital testimonies made by witnesses.

“To the People, the Honorable Court has been cavalier about the foregoing facts as it did not even deliberate and consider the same in coming up with its Order granting the petition for bail of accused Dumlao,” DOH prosecutors stated.

The DOJ prosecutors added that granting bail to Dumlao shows that “it is also selective and smacks of discriminatory treatment to the other accused, who are similarly situated as co-conspirators.”

Dumlao is facing charges of kidnapping for ransom with homicide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and carnapping along with SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, retired policeman Gerardo “Ding” Santiago, and Jerry Omlang.


Under the charges, they are accused in being involved in the abduction of Jee from his home in Angeles City October 18, 2016.

Jee was taken the same day to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame where he was killed.

Sta. Isabel allegedly took the remains of the Korean to the funeral parlor of Santiago for disposal.

After Jee was cremated then flushed in the toilet, the suspects still asked for ransom from his wife.

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