At least four people were killed while more than a dozen were wounded in a bus explosion along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Makati City on Tuesday.
The blast occurred inside a Newman Goldliner air-conditioned bus (TXJ-710) shortly before 2 p.m., according to a report on dzBB radio quoting Senior Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio, Makati Police chief. The bus was bound to Fairview in Quezon City from Baclaran.
At around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, traffic enforcer Sol Botilla stopped Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista, who was not accompanied by security escorts at the time. Botilla said he did not recognize the mayor, whom he thought was a Chinese national. Bautista said in the Inquirer.net report, “He only recognized me when I spoke and acknowledged the (traffic) violation.”
According to Inquirer.net, Bautista asked Botilla to see him in his office the following day but the latter did not go, afraid of being punished. The Monday after, during the city hall’s flag raising ceremony, Bautista commended Botilla, promoting him to supervisor and rewarding him with P10,000.