Bus driver in field trip death faces raps

Victim’s father calls on DepEd execs to ban schools’ educational tours

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The driver of a tourist bus which rolled down a sloping road and hit two high school students, killing one of them and leaving the other with severe injuries, faces multiple charges as one of the victims’ father called on education officials to ban field trips.

Supt. Samuel Delorino, Tanay police chief, said Monday that charges of negligence resulting in homicide and serious physical injuries would be filed against Carlos Villanueva, 63, in the Rizal provincial prosecutor’s office Tuesday.

Villanueva, according to the police, was the driver of the Advocate tourist bus which—while parked with its engine running—rolled down a sloping road and hit two second year high school students of the Holy Spirit Academy of Malolos in Bulacan province.

Rio Bianca Ramirez, 14, was declared dead on arrival at a nearby military hospital after she was ran down by the bus while her classmate, Pamela Joyce Ann Enriquez, 15, suffered serious injuries after the vehicle pinned her against a parked Hummer. She was taken to Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City where she remains confined.

The accident happened on Feb. 8 as the students were on a field trip at Camp Capinpin, the military training center and headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division in Tanay, Rizal.

In his defense, Villanueva told the police he had engaged the bus’ hand brake before he alighted from the vehicle to put some water in the radiator at the back of the vehicle.

At that time, the girls had their backs to the bus as they were busy taking pictures.

Delorino said the charges against the bus driver would be filed by Ramirez’s father, Ray,  and Enriquez’s guardians.

In a television interview, Ray Ramirez said he would file all the necessary charges to get justice for his daughter’s death.

At the same time, he called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to ban field trips to ensure the safety of students. Education Assistant Secretary Tony Umali, meanwhile, said in a radio interview that they were aware of the need for learning experiences for students outside the classroom as he added that the DepEd would also investigate the circumstances behind the accident.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Bakit hindi siya naghanap ng patag? Kung walang patag dapat kinalsohan niya ng bato ang gulong ng bus kung pabulusok ang kalsadang hinintuan niya, para siguradong hindi gugulong pababa ang bus. At saka bakit hindi niya kabisado ang lakas ng bus hand break? Hindi ba niya ito tine-test. Drive lang siya ng drive. Kung mahina yung hand break pero hindi niya alam e, siguradong kasalanan niya… Hindi rin ba pumasok sa kukote niya na maraming buhay ang nakasalalay sa kanya bilang driver…

    Pambihira… Hindi naman yata tamang desisyon yung i-ban ang lahat ng field trip…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      i grieve for the loss…but have you ever been a school parent? your child is the center of the universe, and always the most special one in school. it’s part of the grief process, neither you or i will understand unless you have experienced it. much like if your child is allergic to peanuts, you will want every single peanut removed from the campus if you could. that’s why institutions are there. they will decide whether or not to act on this complaint. no, they will not ban field trips (accidents do happen, like in any tour – which is what a field trip is). they should ban the bus company from conducting further field trips. it’s a dangerous world, you can’t keep yourself in a box, but then again, you need to put yourself in the shoes of the one who is grieving before you comment. :) 

    • WeAry_Bat

       Baka galing Manila yung bus driver.  Isa din yan, full background check ang mga bus drivers ng school bus o hired bus.  Kung masyadong maraming hits sa record.

  • Ronald

    Ban sloping roads.  To ensure the safety of students, best is wag nyo palabasin ng bahay. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAAEZZZL7OMMZ5K4KCFETADLSM jerome

       Sige patagin mo lahat ng daan…wag mo na din pag aralin ang anak mo

      • Ronald

        LOL  ban common-sense? 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAAEZZZL7OMMZ5K4KCFETADLSM jerome

         Why did you use any common sense on your comment? LOL

      • Ronald

        ban sarcasm na rin for the clueless.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VWPUUKEHVRSCNPUVALXVUEXA6U Rex

        ban the clueless na lang :P

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        i think he’s just being sarcastic…

  • pedronimo

    Ban children.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KWC4Q3XZCULWBSGRVJ3CKHEBKM jan

      Sana tinupad yan nung bata ka pa.

  • Marissa Gonzalez

    Children need field trips but accidents can still be avoided if the school staff and guardians man the area well.

  • http://twitter.com/kathsis28 …kath…

    Question… what were the teachers in the bus doing? Why did they allow the kids to get off the bus? 

    There is no doubt, the driver is guilty, but shouldn’t the teachers be held liable also? Parents trust their kids to the teachers’ care, waiver or no waiver, it is their moral and professional obligation to look after the kids. They are the adults in the bus, the authority. Again, why did they let the kids get off the bus just to take pictures?

  • piichan

    we do not know the full story as to why the students were off the bus taking pictures, it might’ve been their free time after activites in the area which should be supervised by the staff at all times. i agree that the school should be held liable along with the bus driver/company, but i don’t see a country-wide ban for field trips anytime soon. whether inside your house, school or anywhere, accidents can happen, all we can do is have schools ensure better security inside and outside their premises.

  • $8278216

    Ang aksidente nangyayari kahit saan, siguradong hinde nais ng driver ang nangyari, kung masakit sa mga pamilya ng biktima siguradong ganoon din sa kanya. Alamin muna natin ang lahat kung baket umusad ang bus, hinde kaya may mga estudianteng gumalaw sa lugar ng driver kung may mga naiwan sa loob ng bus? Ganoon pa man dapat pa rin syang managot sa batas at sa aking opinyon lamang dapat din managot ang mga gurong kasama, una sa lahat responsibilidad nila ang kasiguruhan ng mga estudiante at pangalawa na lamang ang pansarili nilang interes sa ganitong mga lakad.

  • BURNtheCHURCH

    This inefficient & incompetent educational system should have mandated that all schools should have protocols for all school events, & activities & also during emergencies.

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