Bus dispatcher says manager of terminal manhandled him

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


A BUS dispatcher complained that he was manhandled by Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) manager Vicente Dejoras last Friday.

But Dejoras said he was just trying to bring Glen Marc Alpuerto, 20, to police authorities.

He said, “Nilugnot man. Nabunal siya sa railing (He hit the railings when he resisted).”

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PO1 Dennis Ornopia of Carbon police station said Alpuerto, who is from Barili, Cebu, went to the station at 6 p.m. last Friday to complain.

Ornopia referred him to Barangay Pahina Central.

He said Alpuerto complained of pain in his back, although the police officer did not see any sign of injury.

Ornopia advised Alpuerto to have himself examined by a doctor so that he will have a medical record to back his claim.

Alpuerto told Sun.Star Cebu he was buying a cell phone load when he was picked up and taken to Dejoras office.

Inside he was repeatedly punched in the abdomen, he said.

Dejoras said they arrested Alpuerto for illegally dispatching passengers at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), which is prohibited by a city ordinance.

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Dejoras said the City’s traffic personnel and the Land Transportation Office, whose headquarters is near the CSBT, are doing nothing about illegal dispatching.

That’s why they at the terminal have to enforce the law themselves, Dejoras said.

Alpuerto admitted he is a dispatcher. But he said he was not actually dispatching when he was picked up by Dejoras but was just buying a cell phone load.

“Kapila ko siya (Alpuerto) badlonga, kapila sad ko niya hulgaa diha sa gawas, nagngisi ngisi pa (I called his attention several times. He also threatened me several times),” Dejoras said.

“Lisod ang terminal. Di ni restaurant o beauty parlor. Daghang bugoy diri. Mao nga kinahanglan diri mosukol. Kay kon mahadlok ka ang ilang illegal ang maghari sa sulod (It’s difficult here. You have to fight to enforce order),” said Dejoras.

Bus drivers have also been complaining about the dispatchers, he said.

Dejoras said Alpuerto is part of a group of dispatchers doing illegal activities inside CSBT.

When they get injured, they get a medical certificate and complain so the terminal manager gets replaced.

When Capitol stopped the services of blue guards at CSBT, the dispatches increased in number.

Dejoras said some policemen are in connivance with the dispatchers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 20, 2014.

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