Korean Police Investigate Murder In Philippines For Pnp

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Interesting development. The Koreans understand justice is not often found in Philippines. It would be very interesting to know what happened behind the curtain to enable this to take place.

Bold highlight by me not the newspaper. 

 

 

 

 

K2015122500039-650.jpgA Korean investigator, left, delivers evidence to a Philippine police officer found at the crime scene where one Korean businessman was found dead on Dec. 20 in the Philippines. The evidence includes ammunition for a 22-caliber rifle and a cartridge case for a 45-caliber pistol believed to have been used in the crime. / Courtesy of National Police Agency

Police find clues for killing in Philippines

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A Korean investigator, left, delivers evidence to a Philippine police officer found at the crime scene where one Korean businessman was found dead on Dec. 20 in the Philippines. The evidence includes ammunition for a 22-caliber rifle and a cartridge case for a 45-caliber pistol believed to have been used in the crime. / Courtesy of National Police Agency

By Kim Se-jeong

 

 

By Kim Se-jeong

Korean investigators said Friday that they found key evidence and clues in hunting down the suspects of the recent murder of a Korean man in the Philippines during their investigation there.

Four specialists who returned to Korea said they found that the 57-year-old Korean businessman, surnamed Cho, was killed in his home on Dec. 20 in Malvar, a village in the province of Batangas, 73 kilometers south of Manila, after being shot by four bullets out of six fired. The investigators suspect the murder was committed by robbers.

During the five-day investigation, the Korean police found live ammunition for a 22-caliber rifle and a cartridge case for a 45-caliber pistol. They also identified the owner of a white SUV used in the crime, and passed that information on to the local police who are now in search of the vehicle and its owner.

The police found that Cho, his girlfriend, his son and a housemaid were sleeping when the four suspects raided their apartment around 1:30 a.m. The apartment was next to a construction site where Cho was working.

According to a story reconstructed by the Korean police after numerous interviews, all suspects wore masks, and three carried guns and rifles. One suspect subdued Cho in bed, binding his mouth and hands. The suspects took 1,000 pesos, equivalent to roughly 250,000 won, and some household appliances.

The shooting came after all the suspects had left, the police said. One suspect came back to the apartment, shooting at Cho's chest and arms six times.

The investigation team included an officer specializing in analysis of surveillance camera recordings who reviewed all the surveillance camera footage from nearby highway tollgates and identified the vehicle's owner. Local police are looking for the owner.

The police said they will expand the investigation to determine if this was a contract killing.

The Korean police said that Cho was going through a dispute with his ex-wife about their divorce settlement, and he had borrowed money from a couple of people in town for his business. The police said the Philippine police are now trying to locate his ex-wife.

The incident marked the first case in which the Korean police unit was dispatched overseas for an investigation.

It came because the number of crimes in the Philippines targeting Korean nationals has risen. Police agencies in Korea and the Philippines agreed to collaborate in this investigation.

Cho is the 11th Korean national to be murdered in the island country this year alone.

According to the NPA, more than 40 percent of overseas murders targeting Koreans have happened in the Philippines. In 2012, six murder cases happened there, followed by 12 in 2013 and 10 in 2014.

In October, an elderly Korean couple was shot dead by armed robbers on the outskirts of Manila.

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Maybe now they might actually solve this crime. Too many foreigners are being targeted now. I remember when foreigners used to be off limits.

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