Jee Ick Joo case: Court approves witness’ discharge

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The Angeles City regional trial court has granted the request of a police officer to be discharged from the government’s witness protection program in connection with the 2016 abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

In a two-page ruling, Branch 56 Judge Irin Zenaida Buan said SPO4 Roy Villegas has already completed his testimony in the cases against the
respondents.

“Based on the proceedings held in these cases, it appears that witness Villegas already finished his testimony, thus it can be concluded that he already fulfilled his duty as a state witness. With the completion of the testimony of witness Villegas, there is no more valid reason to recall his discharges, thus, the effect of his discharge should be given effect,” the ruling said.

In his affidavit, Villegas identified SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel as the one who strangled Jee to death after talking to a “sir Dumlao” who turned out to be Superintendent Rafael Dumlao III, former official of the PNP Anti Kidnapping Group, and one of the respondents in the case.

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