Simbulan family leads run for justice, safer roads

By Nikki Careen Palacios

Prof. Roland Simbulan lays flowers at the site of his wife's death in front of the UP-Ayalaland Technohub along Commonwealth Avenue, where a short prayer was also said. The Simbulan and Estella families, and the Journalism department of the College of Mass Communication led a run for road safety on June 21, 2011. Starting from the CMC, around 30 people ran along Commonwealth, all the way to Tandang Sora, before stopping at the Technohub. JORICA PAMINTUAN

The College of Mass Communication led a “run for road safety” along Commonwealth Avenue Tuesday, the 40th day after the death of journalism professor Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan in a bus-car collision.

Running priest Robert Reyes led the run from CMC to Tandong Sora before making a U-turn to the UP-Ayalaland Technohub, the site where Simbulan died. Reyes led prayers at the site.

In his short sermon, he said, “There is no such thing as a killer highway, only killer drivers and enforcers.”

Around 20 people, mostly Simbulan’s family, former students, faculty colleagues and friends, joined the run and called for justice for the journalist professor.

After the run, Simbulan’s ashes were brought to CMC by her husband, Roland Simbulan, for a “last visit.” A short prayer was said in her room at the journalism department.

 

Prof. Roland Simbulan inspects a hole he dug for a sapling near the now-closed parking entrance of the College of Mass Communication. Simbulan planted the tree in memory of his wife, the late journalism professor Chit Estella-Simbulan, on June 21, 2011. JORICA PAMINTUAN

Mr. Simbulan, joined by the journalism professors, Dean Roland Tolentino and College Secretary Patrick Campos, later planted a tree for his wife near the now-closed parking entrance of the CMC.

Simbulan was supposed to meet her high school friends at Technohub when the taxi she was riding was rammed by a speeding Universal Guiding Star bus on May 13. The bus driver, Daniel Espinosa, is facing homicide charges.

Meanwhile, Mr. Simbulan expressed his frustration over the claims of Universal Guiding Star’s legal counsel, Salvador Panelo. Mr. Simbulan said Panelo claimed the company had extended an apology, which the Simbulan family had accepted.

“It’s not true. They never called us, they never really talked to us to apologize,” he said in an interview before the run. “We will not accept their apology. There has to be justice.” With reports from Maria Jorica Pamintuan

Author: TNP

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