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The Philippine Bully Buses

Updated on April 2, 2014

There’s a new breed of buses that ply the streets of Metro Manila, Philippines. They are not your average buses. They are killer buses that will challenge your driving skills and put you closer to cardiac arrest every time you are on the road. What are these buses? Meet the Philippine Bully Buses. Here is a quick guide to the newly discovered species of dangerous creatures on the road.

Bus resting after a hard day's work?
Bus resting after a hard day's work? | Source

Giganticus Moronensis

This particular species of bully bus is commonly called the That Freakin’ Bus. Its name lends to the fact that this bus does not know what the turn signal is for. This particular species of bully bus is indigenous to the metropolis and semi-urban areas. It is characterized by its ridiculous use of its turn signal that is bordering on stupid with a dash of insane. You will notice this specific species of bully bus to use either left or right turn signal then going the other way. The adult species of the Giganticus Moronensis does not just use turn signals erroneously, but uses the hazard light without the aid of cognitive function. Take note that there are no emergencies whatever. Moreover, this particular bully bus is known to stop in the middle of the road to load or unload its passengers. In many instances the adult male species were observed to honk relentlessly at other vehicles without provocation. Experts posit that this behavior is a show of dominance over other vehicles plying the same thoroughfare. As such, many believe that this species is very territorial and will attack with minimal provocation. Moreover, after several observations, experts have unearthed the fact that the loudness of their honks is inversely proportional to their brain size.

Your Survival Quick Guide

If you do encounter this particular species of bully bus, remember to avoid eye contact as it will just provoke it. When it flashes its turn signal or hazard light, remember that it’s just a hoax so do not believe it. But for your own survival, stay away whenever possible. Two or three car lengths behind is a safe enough distance.

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Giganticus Identificus Mysterious

The Giganticus Identicus Mysterious is a one-of-kind species of bully buses. In most cases, you will not recognize that it is such the species. Once thought as extinct, authorities were surprised to have discovered a thriving pack of Giganticus Identicus Mysterious plying both the urban areas and the provincial roads. These special type of buses use plate numbers registered for other vehicles. Experts believe that this behavior of using another plate number allows them to prowl around in plain sight even without the appropriate papers. These are truly elusive bully buses. This is why they are considered the ninjas of the bully bus family. But do not underestimate these cunning buses, they are known to kill and will do it without remorse.

Your Survival Quick Guide

The general public will not identify these buses in the wild. This makes it difficult to for the common person to avoid such bully bus. But should you have doubts as to the true identity of the bus, one can always take note of the plate number and the name of the bus company. Reporting it to the authorities is the best option even if you don’t have faith they can do anything about it. Remember, the Giganticus Identicus Mysterious could be anywhere. You could have ridden one already.

Traffic is bad, let me get off this flyover quickly.
Traffic is bad, let me get off this flyover quickly. | Source

Safety Reminders:

  1. Keep away from these these bully buses
  2. Avoid eye contact, you might provoke it
  3. Let it pass and don't attempt to jostle for position
  4. Report these bully buses to the authorities

Giganticus Serpentinum

The Giganticus Serpentinum is considered as one of the most dangerous bully buses known to man. This particular species is known to weave through traffic as if there was none. Young Serpentinum can cross 2 or 3 lanes in medium traffic with ease. However, adult species are known to cross 3 or even 4 lanes even when traffic is heavy. This bully bus species banks on motorists’ fear of getting hit by a rampaging bus. Scientists have also noticed that this species often force other motorist to move away from their intended path by moving so close that can induce shock to drivers. Moreover, these species can elicit cursing and cussing behavior if you happen to come across one in the wild. Common reactions to the serpentinum include “holy Sh!t”, “F@k you” or the commonly preferred local vulgarity of “put@ng in@ mo”. Experts have noticed that reactions to the locomotion of this species are not limited to verbal aggression or near cardiac arrest. After much scientific inquiries, experts conclude that the locomotion through traffic causes an increase in honking rate of other vehicles in the wild. Unfortunately, such increase in honking from others motorists seems to be impervious to the species.

Your Survival Quick Guide

In case you encounter the Giganticus Serpentinum in the wild, it is best to let it pass. It is also preferable to avoid blasting your horn as it does nothing to sway that darn bus to move away. But if it makes you feel happy to honk at it, feel free to do so at your own risk.

Registered Buses In the Philippines

Source; Philippine Statistics Authority
Look, a bus slithering its way through traffic.
Look, a bus slithering its way through traffic. | Source

Bus on fire - literally

Giganticus Bullynensis Rex

Hands down, this species of bully bus is extremely violent and dangerous. Because of generations of genetic inbreeding, this particular species of bully bus has all the traits of the other bully bus species. However, manifestations of specific traits vary in degree. Apart from the known traits exhibited by other species, this fascinatingly dangerous bully buses are not called the Great Big Bully King or Bully King for short for nothing. In numerous cases, the Bully King have evolved in such a way they can jump and fly over bridges and flyovers to the detriment of everyone in it. Likewise, some have acquired the ungodly gift of spontaneous combustion while on the road. In addition, some Bully Kings evolved into rappelling monsters that take lives.

The Giganticus Bullynensis Rex is not afraid to wreak havoc even to its own demise. This reckless attitude makes this species dangerous to all human life. Research on the bully bus has shown that the species is already spreading from the urban area to the most remote parts of the country. The growing population of the Bully King is becoming a growing concern that requires adequate attention.

Your Survival Quick Guide

Should you be unfortunate enough to be riding in one, all you can do is get down and ride another bus. Apart from that, prayer can soothe your anxieties. If you are a motorist plying the same road as the Bully King, caution is advised. Never make eye contact, let it pass to keep yourself safe and most importantly, allow several bus lengths in between you and the dangerous species.

Bus Goes Flying Off the Skyway

The Philippine Bully Buses are rapidly increasing in number. With this increase of dangerous bus species, commuters and motorists are in constant danger. In spite of the measures of the government to control their spread, they seem to propagate at an alarming rate.


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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It's easy to imagine this. So far my city is small enough that it has few buses of any species, and they usually behave themselves. In the rural areas only long distance or tour buses go by and they stick to the main highways.

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there grand old lady,

      It is really nice to connect with you again. I saw the link and this just shows the lack of focus LTFRB has on cracking down these bully bus companies. I did not d=find Safeway Bus Company in the list. It is ironic to call their bus line Safeway as they are one of the most reckless buses that ply Commonwealth ave. I got hit by these buses several times in the past and countless of near misses because of their pathetic driving.

      The Link is very useful and I appreciate sharing it with me.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi jpcmc, I'm back again. Thought you might want to read this, it's about bully buses. Makes your blood boil!

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there again MG Singh ,

      I drive along Commonwealth avenue on a daily basis an buses here are just discourteous. They's stop in the middle of the road to pick up passengers and some will literally run you off the road because of aggressive driving.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Very interesting.

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello grand old lady,

      That is a valid point my friend. The operators are responsible for the vehicles and their drivers. It's sad to note that many drivers work under conditions that is no longer safe for them and for their passengers. Working long hours and driving poorly maintained buses are just two plights worthy of further discussion.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      You are totally right about these buses. But I also think the owners of the bus companies are at fault. In a recent accident involving a bus, it was discovered that the driver had been driving for some 14 hours daily. This is unhealthy for the driver and unsafe for the bus passengers, pedestrians and other vehicles. There is a need to enforce regulations regarding public transportation and to keep an eye on erring bus firms and punishing them accordingly.