MANILA – The father of one of the victims in the Florida bus accident in Bontoc said on Monday that they cannot take settlement as a substitute for justice.
“Kailangan, kung ano ang nararapat, yun ang gagawin,” Benjamin Sicam, father of Andrew David Sicam, told ANC.
According to Sicam, financial settlement sometimes happens after accidents happen but added this should not be the practice.
“It always happens na may mga settlement. Para sa mga relatives ng victims, better than nothing. Dapat hindi ganun eh. Mamimihasa yung mga bus companies. Kailangan may precedence, bigyan ng example ng tamang hustisya,” Sicam lamented.
“Makakalimutan na ang nangyari after a few months, after a few years. Kawawa naman ang relatives ng victims. Sana ma-correct yung ganung klase ng sistema,” he added.
Sicam said the management of GV Florida Transport has not contacted them yet, days after the tragic accident.
“We are waiting for their move as of now. We want them to volunteer to give assistance out of compassion. They have responsibilities to fulfill and we are waiting,” he said.
“It would be ridiculous kung after one month pa nila kami kontakin. Our friends, relatives have been assisting us. Pero dapat Florida. Sana sila. Pero hindi nangyayari yun, eh,” Sicam added.
If they don’t do something, according to Sicam, then the families of victims will have no recourse but file a case.
“Ano pa other recourse kung 'di ganun,” he said.
Sicam said he is appealing for compassion from businessmen who are only out to get profit.
“Ang tumatakbo sa isip ko, businessmen seem to have no regard for human lives. Sacred ang buhay ng tao eh, more than properties or more than material things. Mas mahalaga yung puso’t kaluluwa ng tao. Actually the losses in the past and now in the future, hindi yan ma-compensate ng material things lang. What about the minds, the dreams of the victims na-injure lang? Hindi namatay pero nalumpo. Ano daing ng mga taong ito? At saka moral damages? Yung mga na-orphan at a very young age?,” Sicam said.
“I appeal for compassion from businessmen… ang importante, service. Do you serve the public by neglecting your responsibilities? Dagdagan nyo ng compassion. Volunteer to assist the aggrieved parties. Nakikisuyo kami, in the future, hindi lang ngayon,” he said.