Korean faces charge over road accident

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Friday, July 18, 2014

A CASE of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide was filed yesterday against a Korean national who reportedly ran over a traffic enforcer in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City last Wednesday.

Joy Tumulak, operations chief of the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom), said the family of Maria Theresa Bascones is willing to file a case against Sun Kyung Heo.

Reports also came out that Heo was allegedly given special treatment inside the detention cell of the Tourist Police and can allegedly go out the cell anytime.


Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana denied the allegation.

“That is absolutely wrong,” said Romana in a phone interview yesterday.

Romana said Heo was reportedly allowed to go out of his cell only if Heo has visitors.

Romana said that since the time Heo was detained, many of her Korean friends visit her in jail.

“Maybe I am also giving her special attention. Which means that tinutukan ko itong kaso nato na hindi siya (Heo) makalabas (I’m making sure he stays in jail),” said Romana.

Last Wednesday, Bascones was manning traffic along Banilad road when Heo, who was driving a Hyundai Tucson vehicle, hit her.

Bascones suffered severe head injuries.

Heo reportedly lost control of her vehicle and did not see Bascones and didn’t see the victim in the middle of the road.

Bascones was brought to a private hospital but died hours later.

Hold departure

This, as the Cebu City Government is asking the Bureau of Immigration to issue a hold departure order against Heo.

The City has filed a case against the foreigner.

But as of 5 p.m. yesterday, Citom chief Rafael Christopher Yap told Sun.Star Cebu that 48-year-old Heo has already paid a P30,000 bail.

Upon the issuance of the order,  Heo will remain in the country and may not be allowed to go back to Korea while the case is pending.

Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said he has talked to the immigration office immediately after the incident.

He said a hold departure order may be issued after a case was filed against the suspect.

In Heo’s case, the hold departure order will apply to her as the reckless impudence resulting to homicide charge against her was already filed late afternoon yesterday.

“We already filed the case against the Korean national in behalf of the family,” Yap said.

He said the City is allowed to file charges against Heo since the victim was killed while on duty.

Labella said that he earlier asked the Bureau of Immigration to include Heo in their watch list since no case has been filed against her and the City cannot asked for a hold departure order.

The inclusion will still allow a person to leave the country but his departure is noted.

Labella said he directed Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Senior Supt. Noli Romana to check reports that some police officers are giving special treatment to Heo.

A report received by Labella said a police officer was behind the negotiations to settle the case between the family of the victim and the family of Heo.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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