MANILA – A bus driver and a conductor were accused of conniving with robbers in Quezon City on Wednesday morning.
Passengers of McArthur Express bus (UVL 292) bound for Alabang said three men declared robbery near the corner of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) southbound lane and Mother Ignacia Street at around 5 a.m.
They said the three suspects suddenly declared robbery after the bus slowed down. Two of the suspects were armed with butterfly knives (balisong) while the third carried a gun.
Of the 15 bus passengers, only two had their belongings seized because one of the victims bravely attacked the gun-wielding suspect. This prompted the other passengers to attack the suspect. At this point, the two suspects armed with knives had already alighted from the bus at the corner of EDSA and Scout Borromeo Street.
The passengers claimed that the bus driver, identified as Cesar Francisco, deliberately ignored their instruction to shut the bus door. This allowed the third suspect to escape as well. They added that the conductor, Aldrin Anillo, also did nothing even though he was positioned behind the robbers.
Police said they are considering the possibility that the driver and conductor connived with the suspects.
SPO3 George Villanueva, Quezon City Police District – Station 10 desk officer, said previous cases revealed that some drivers and robbers were coordinating with each other to victimize bus passengers.
Villanueva noted that the inbox and sent items folder of Francisco's cellphone were already empty upon their inspection.
The victims, meanwhile, were not able to identify the suspects using the police station's rogues gallery. – reports from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News; and Johnson Manabat, dzMM