Tado’s wife shaves hair off for justice

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE wife of actor-comedian Arvin "Tado" Jimenez on Wednesday shaved off her hair in front of the GV Florida Transport Inc. in Sampaloc, Manila to protest the death of her husband in a bus crash in Bontoc, Mt. Province.

Lei Jimenez was joined by friends and members of Dakila, a group cofounded by her late comedian, in calling for justice to the victims of the February 7 bus tragedy.

Jimenez said the shaving of her hair signifies her rage toward the injustice and negligence of transportation authorities. She called on the families and friends of the victims to unite in pursuing the case.

"This unfortunate loss of so many lives was caused by the irresponsibility of the GV Florida Bus Lines and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). They should be made accountable and justice should be served to the victims and their families," she said.

The actor, who was on his way to Sagada in the Mountain Province, was among 15 people killed in the bus crash. Thirty-one others were injured.

Jimenez said the LTFRB failed to enforce safety in the area, adding that "the whole system must be reformed. If this 'kabit' and 'kolorum' system continue and blatant multiple violations are tolerated, more lives will be put in danger. It is such an irony that Tado was killed by the system he has painstakingly tried to change."

"If Tado were alive then he would have done the same to make his statement loud and clear. Tado has been an activist since our student days in PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) and he always made his political statement in a creative fashion," she said.

Lei encouraged the public to continue honoring Tado's legacy by being vigilant against injustice among innocent people.

Kate Lim, spokesperson of Dakila, said the protest was conducted to urge the bus company and the LTFRB to immediately punish those accountable for the accident.

"Ito symbolic protest na ito ay ginawa upang kalampagin ang mga iresponsableng may sala sa kaluno-lunos na trahedyang nangyare sa kasamahan naming si Tado at ng iba pang namatay," she said.

Weeks after the fatal bus accident, Lim said justice has yet to be served to the families of victims while the management of GV Florida has also failed to give financial aid to the victim's families.

"May sinasabi sila na gagawin at ibibigay nila pero hanggang ngayon ay wala pa din, puro lang salita," she said.

The group together with the comedian's wife proceed to the office of the LTFRB to attend the hearing in connection with the bus tragedy, which was attended by representatives of GV Florida.

The LTFRB gave the bus firm chance to justify why its franchise should not be cancelled. It earlier suspended the entire fleet of GV Florida.

During investigation, the LTFRB found out that the ill-fated bus' plate number TXT-872 belongs to Mt. Province CableBus Tours owned by one Norberto Que Sr. and that the bus as well as its passengers is not included in the company's insurance. (Sunnex)

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