THE judge handling the murder case filed against police officers in the abduction-killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo yesterday inhibited herself from the case.
“To continue trying these cases will already be counter-productive if not prejudicial to the Presiding Judge,” Judge Irin Zenaida Buan, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 56 in Angeles City, said.
“To insist on trying these cases despite a continuing call for recusal will already conjure an erroneous image of a judge holding on to a case under a continuous cloud of doubt,” she continued.
In a motion for inhibition, the prosecution sought Buan’s recusal for allowing principal suspect Police Colonel Rafael Dumlao to post bail.
“The order dated April 24, 2019, insofar as accused Dumlao bail is concerned, is not only unfair to the people, it is also selective and smacks of discriminatory treatment to other accused, who are similarly situated as co-conspirators,” the DoJ said.
“It is evident from her ruling on the petition for bail of accused Dumlao that she did not even bother to consider the declarations of state witness (Police Executive Master Seargent Roy) Villegas that accused Dumlao harassed and threatened him not to implead Dumlao and not to identify him as one of the perpetrators,” the prosecution continued.
Dumlao was charged with one case for kidnapping with homicide, one kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and another for carnapping.
Jee was allegedly killed by policemen inside the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame.
He was kidnapped from his residence in Angeles City under the guise of an anti-drug operation.