American charged in 2 boys’ death sneaks out


An American teacher who is facing criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) slipped out of the country through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2.

Susan Ward Rigby was cleared by a newly-designated immigration officer when she left on July 8 aboard Philippine Airlines flight 312 bound for Hong Kong.

Rigby and four other teachers of the Cebu International School (CIS) were included in the Bureau of Immigration watchlist after they were named respondents in a criminal case filed against them before the DOJ over the drowning of a 14-year-old Korean Jae Hak
“James” Jung and 13-year-old Kayle Julian Gullas Weckman. The two boys died during a field trip in Morong, Bataan in September last year.

The other teachers charged were Tyler Herbst, Socorro Laplana, Leah Joy Cabanban and Geronimo Alguno.

The DOJ found probable cause to file charges against them for violation of Article 249 of the Revised Penal code for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
Weckman is the grandson of former rep. Jose “Dodong” Gullas of Cebu.

Benjie L. Vergara


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