Manhunt launched for 'killer' bus driver


Posted at May 15 2011 04:04 PM | Updated as of May 17 2011 12:25 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Police have launched a manhunt for for the bus driver responsible for the death of veteran journalist and University of the Philippines Professor Lourdes "Chit" Estella Simbulan.

The Quezon City Police District said they have identified the bus driver, Daniel Espinosa Oyanin, a 39-year-old resident of Taytay, Rizal.

The QCPD will file charges of reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property and homicide against the suspect on Monday and will seek a warrant for his arrest.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, meanwhile, told ANC on Sunday that moves are underway for the cancellation of the bus company's franchise.

Simbulan was killed when a bus rammed a taxi she was riding along Commonwealth Avenue on Friday.

The driver of the taxi said there were 2 buses involved in the incident.

"There are 2 buses here, one sideswiped the side mirror," Tolentino said. "Another rammed the back of the taxi cab."

One bus was identified as a Universal Guiding Star bus.

The MMDA has also offered a P100,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the bus driver, who fled from the crash scene.

The MMDA also vowed to review policies on speed limits on Commonwealth Avenue and other busy Metro Manila roads.

"We are trying to figure out how to improve systems," Tolentino said. "This morning, I unveiled a prototype of cycle speed tracker, where a motorcyle can see speed of a bus and issue a ticket that is printable."

He is proposing the cancellation of all franchises of bus companies in Metro Manila and issuance of new franchises for those complying with laws.

He believes all bus drivers need training and accreditation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

"Only TESDA can provide the qualified drivers from where franchises can hire," Tolentino said.

He also wants a review of the the MMDA's "no contact" apprehension system.

"My proposed changes is to have more contact. Flag them down even if it will cause traffic.  At the end of the day, it will prevent incidents. One life was wasted last Friday," the MMDA chief said.

A wake is being held for Simbulan at the Arlington Memorial Chapel. Her cremation is set for Tuesday.

Her media colleagues will hold a necrological service for her on Sunday, while the UP CMC will hold a memorial for her on Wednesday. - Reports from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News; ANC