DAVAO CITY, January 27, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte vowed justice for South Korean Jee Ick-Joo, who was killed inside the compound of Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame.
Speaking on Thursday afternoon to a crowd that included South Korean contractors, President Duterte said that those responsible for the crime would be punished.
I apologize for the death of your compatriot. We are very sorry that it had to happen. But I can assure you, those responsible are known to us already, and they will have to go to prison,” he said.
Duterte said the suspected policemen involved in the killing would receive the maximum penalty allowable in the Philippines. At the moment, the punishment for the crime does not include death, as it is not legal here.
Duterte was the guest of honor at the ceremonial switch-on of the Sarangani Energy Company’s Phase 1 of its 210 MW coal-fired power plant.
Sarangani Energy Company is one of the companies under Alson’s energy group.
The contractors for the project, according to Alson’s website, were Daelim Construction Co. Ltd., a South Korean firm with a strong reputation in the industry.