(UPDATED) Police authorities in Coron are set to file a case of physical injury and malicious mischief against a Czech national for allegedly hitting a Pinoy assistant cook and destroying his motorcycle on July 15.
Coron Municipal Police Station (MPS) chief P/Maj. Thirz Starky Timbancaya identified the suspect on Saturday as Jiri Pecokna and his victim as Jade Magos Razote.
Pecokna figured in a viral video that was posted also on July 15 by Coron businessman Edward Pe, who accused him of hitting their establishment’s assistant cook twice and for destroying his motorcycle with a big stone.
“Palabas si Jade (assistant cook namin sa hotel) galing staff house namin malapit sa water for less station. Mayroong naka park at nakaharang na van kaya hindi niya napansin ‘yong mabilis na takbo ng naka-motor na dayuhang ito. Muntik sila nagkabanggaan. Humingi ng paumanhin ‘yong tao namin kaya nagulat siya ng bigla na lang siyang sinapok ng dayuhan na ito ng dalawang beses,” Pe said.
Pe added that Razote ran to the house of a certain “uncle Benjie” because of his fear. Due to this, Pecokna turned to his motorcycle and destroyed it.
His video had been shared over 1,900 times and had received more than 2,000 comments from netizens.
Timbancaya said after viewing the viral video, they invited the foreign national on Friday, July 19, but he did not appear in the police station.
“For legal action, nag-request na tayo ng immediate issuance, hopefully, ng barangay para ma-i-file na rin natin ang kaso. Kahapon naghintay tayo na baka mabigyan pa ng pagkakataon upang sila ay makapag-usap kaya nga lang hindi na nagpakita itong foreign national. Ang sabi, medyo natatakot sa dami ng banta na kanyang natatanggap, sa mga komento sa social media,” Timbancaya said.
He said Razote will be filing a case against Pecokna for physical injury and malicious mischief next week.
“Sana respetuhin naman natin ang mga kababayan nating may maliliit lang na kabuhayan, huwag naman sana nating ganituhin. Kung may mga ganito kahit na sila ay turista, hindi tayo mangingiming kasuhan sila,” he said.