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What’s with AC?

Nov 28, 2017

KOREATOWN IN Angeles City has yet to fully recover from the shock, grief and fear impacted upon the community by the kidnapmurder of Jee Ick-Joo a year ago when here comes another kidnapping.

Restaurant owner-operator Lee Jung Dae was forcibly taken from his home in Balibago, Angeles City on November 24.

A ransom of P1.2 million was paid the kidnappers at a local mall in the city – not SM – by Lee’s girlfriend but he was not released.

The kidnappers demanded for another P1.2 million payment which prodded the girlfriend to report the incident to the police who immediately laid out an entrapment operation.

It was at the parking lot of the Bureau of Immigration in Manila the following day that Lee was rescued and the kidnappers – three Koreans and a Filipino – were apprehended by members of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group.

What, no Angeles City police in the rescue operations?

Follow up operations – still by the PNPAKG – resulted to the arrest of another Korean suspect in Ermita, Manila.

It is not that long in the past to fail to remember how the local authorities assured the Korean community of their safety and security in the city with no less than PNP chief himself, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa coming to the city to make the personal – and official – assurance.

So, no policemen were involved this time around as it was in the Jee case and in the shakedown of three Koreans that immediately followed last December. So, the kidnapping case was solved in a day, the suspects got arrested and the victim was unscathed.

Still, no consolation obtains among the Koreans in the city with this latest case.

Knowing full well that anyone of them is an open target for their opportunistic compatriots and their Filipino lackeys.

Koreatown, AC is waiting not for the usual words of comfort, consolation and assurances but concrete actions from the local authorities.

And it does not help any that Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has been stripped of his powers over the local police.


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