Bicolana widow of Tado shaves her head in protest, shuns P150K insurance money


With theatrical flair like her comedian-activist husband Arvin "Tado" Jimenez, Bicolana Lei Jimenez had her head shaved in front of the Manila terminal of GV Florida Transport, Inc. to express her indignation over the death of her husband and 14 other Bontoc bus crash victims.

In a statement released by Dakila, the organization founded by her late husband, Lei stated: "If Tado were alive then he would have done the same to make his statement loud and clear. Tado has been an activist since our student days in PUP and he always made his political statement in a creative fashion." 

She also lashed at the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board for its alleged laxity in enforcing road safety.

“This unfortunate loss of so many lives was caused by the irresponsibility of the GV Florida Bus Lines and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). They should be made accountable and justice should be served to the victims and their families,” said Jimenez.

She adds: "The whole system must be reformed. If this 'kabit' and 'kolorum' system continues and blatant multiple violations are tolerated, more lives will be put in danger. It is such an irony that Tado was killed by the system he has painstakingly tried to change."  

"I encourage the public to continue honoring Tado’s legacy by remaining vigilant against injustice and continue their support by rallying behind the victims and their families in our quest for justice. Let us keep Tado alive by being part of the movement for his many advocacies,” Jimenez said.

After the brief protest action, the widow proceeded to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) where she attended the initial hearing. 

Jimenez, however, rejected the P150,000 insurance money which was awarded to the heirs of the victims.

Meanwhile, Lei's relatives, the Segovias of Sto. Domingo, Bombon, Camarines Sur, have expressed their support for their grieving kin. They vowed to join Lei in her quest to seek justice for her husband and other Bontoc bus crash victims.