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On DOJ’s orders: Judge in Jee Ick-Joo slay inhibits

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After having refused to let go, Angeles City Judge Irin Zenaida Buan gave in to the demands of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to inhibit from handling the slay case of Korean Jee Ick Joo.

“The allegations/arguments of the movants readily reveal their inner disposition towards the Presiding Judge clearly signifying their discontent to the latter’s rulings as well as their obstinate belief that the Presiding Judge cannot remain impartial in trying these cases,” read the order of the magistrate.

“To Continue trying these cases (despite the previous denial of the first motion for inhibition) will already be counter-productive if not prejudicial to the Presiding Judge,” she pointed out.

The judge acted on the August 6 motion for inhibition of government prosecutors who said it was ”filed upon the orders of the Prosecutor General and the Secretary of Justice.”

It was the second motion for inhibition after the judge turned down the first one.

Prosecutors accused the magistrate of bias after having granted bail to the alleged mastermind of the crime, Police Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Dumlao.

Dumlao is facing charges of kidnapping for ransom with homicide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and carnapping along with T/Sgt. 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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