The Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced on Thursday its intention to issue a show cause order to Victory Liner as part of an investigation into a tragic incident in Nueva Ecija, where two passengers were fatally shot inside one of the company’s buses. Joel Bolano, the head of LTFRB’s Technical Division, stated in a news conference that the order would be issued promptly. While Victory Liner officials declined interviews, they released a statement indicating cooperation with the police investigation, emphasizing that their bus driver is considered a witness.
Bolano highlighted that public utility bus companies are mandated by an existing LTFRB Memorandum Circular to operate only on routes covered by their franchise. They are also required to implement security plans for both terminals and vehicles. Violations could result in sanctions, including franchise suspension or cancellation. Bolano explained the necessity of the show cause order to determine the appropriate resolution for the incident.
The LTFRB is currently investigating whether the involved bus had the necessary franchise for the route where the suspects were picked up. Additionally, authorities are examining whether the bus was permitted to take on passengers along the route, especially since the suspects did not board at a designated terminal. Bolano stated that the board is working to determine whether the Victory Liner bus was a regular or point-to-point service.
A viral video of the incident captured two male passengers informing the driver of their intent to disembark at Carranglan in Nueva Ecija. Suddenly, the men brandished pistols and fatally shot two passengers in the first row at close range. The victims, a man and a woman, sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck. The perpetrators then instructed the shocked driver to open the door, after which they fled the scene.