University instructor accused of fondling breast of 2 V-hire passengers

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A PASSENGER of a van-for-hire (V-hire) from the northern town of Daanbantayan, Cebu en route to the Cebu North Bus Terminal in Cebu City is accused of sexually molesting two fellow passengers.

The suspect was identified as Neil Montellano Bulambao, a resident of Barangay Nailon, Bogo City. Bulambao, a teacher at a university in Cebu City, is a former ship captain abroad.

One of the victims, 26-year-old Gina (real name withheld for privacy), said she boarded the V-hire with her boyfriend past 6 a.m. in Barangay Sabang, Danao City, on Monday, August 15, 2022.

Gina said she decided to take a nap but woke up when the man next to her touched her. At first she thought it was an accident, but when he touched her breast again she moved away.

“I thought the first time was an accident, but when he inserted his hand inside my sleeve and touched my breast I moved,” she said in Cebuano.

When they got to Consolacion, she said he again touched her breast.

Her fellow passenger Jasmine (real name withheld), a 30-year-old married resident of Sitio Badiang, Barangay Tinubdan, Daanbantayan, said the same thing happened to her earlier.

She said she fell asleep but woke up to the suspect’s hand inside her bra fondling her breast.

There was a commotion inside the V-hire when Gina’s boyfriend tried to beat Bulambao, but the other passengers managed to calm him down.

Bulambao was prevented from getting off the van when a new passenger entered. He then begged Gina and Jasmine for forgiveness.

The V-hire driver drove to the Basak Police Station in Mandaue City where the suspect was arrested.

During initial investigation, police discovered that Bulambao had a pending arrest warrant for theft so he was thrown behind bars.

SunStar tried to get Bulambao’s side on the matter, but he declined to be interviewed.

Bulambao was charged in court with two counts of acts of lasciviousness. (AYB, PJB)