The female bus conductor who was burned alive by a male passenger left her nine children, including twins who are only a year old.
Ivan Mayrina reported on “24 Oras” report that Amy Sembrana’s family was happy the day before an angry passenger set her on fire.
Both Amy and the still-unidentified passenger were killed on the bus fire, while five others were injured.
“Paano tayo mapapanagot ‘yung gumawa e patay na rin?” her father Orlando said.
“Wala, wala na nga akong choice kung hindi tanggapin na lang namin.”
A witness said one of the passengers suddenly accosted the bus conductor and the two had a scuffle.
“Biglang sinugod siya ng lalake, ‘yung kaaway niya. Tinulak niya ‘yung konduktora paganon, papunta sa dulo. Ngayon, itong babae na konduktora natumba siyang ganon tapos biglang pagtayo, tinulak niya rin ‘yung lalake, ‘yung kaaway niya,” recounted the witness.
(The man accosted the conductor and pushed her towards the end of the bus. The female conductor fell and when she stood up, she also pushed the man.)
Female bus conductor burned alive leaves 9 children
“Tapos itong lalake bigla na lang dumukot na may laman na gas. Bigla niyang binuhos unti-unti doon sa babae ‘yung laman niya gas, sabay sinilaban niya ‘yung babae… Pati ‘yung lalake meron na pala. Balak niya siguro magpakamatay, niliyaban niya rin,” the witness added.
(The man then took out something with kerosene inside. He suddenly spilled the gas on the woman and set her on fire. He also had gas on his body. He might want to commit suicide so he also set himself on fire.)
“Very unusual nga po ‘yung situation na ganyan na magdadala ‘yung lalaki ng flammable substance tapos parang intended e. Puwede nating masabi na puwedeng kakilala niya, pero pagdating sa motibo tinitingnan pa po natin,” Quezon City Fire District officer Captain Karl Rojales said.
The bus conductor’s family, however, was uncertain about such speculation.
“Kuwento lang ‘yun na narinig namin. Sabi ng iba, parang magkakilala sila. Wala kaming idea, wala namang sinasabi sa’min na kaalitan, nagbanta, wala naman,” Orlando said.