Duterte visits Mindoro bus crash site, victims

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2018 04:37 PM | Updated as of Mar 24 2018 04:17 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday paid a visit to victims and the site of a bus mishap in Occidental Mindoro where 19 people died.

Duterte can be seen in the photos, sent by his aide Christopher Go, visiting some of the wounded victims of the bus accident. He also paid a visit to the wake of some of the fatalities.

Go said the President ordered the arrest of the operator of the ill-fated bus and all "colorum" or illegally operating buses.

“Pinahuli ni PRRD (Duterte) [ang] operator and pinahuli niya ang lahat ng colorum,” Go said in a message to reporters.

On Saturday, Malacañang said Duterte gave P20,000 to each family of the 19 killed, and P10,000 and a cellphone to those injured.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) had suspended for 30 days operations of 118 buses of Dimple Star, the bus firm involved, a document showed. 

Prior to this, the LTFRB suspended 10 Dimple Star buses plying the San Jose, Occidental Mindoro-Manila route, the same route as the ill-fated bus.

The new suspension order stems from supposed violations found when the agency inspected the bus terminal, such as the lack of shade and seating for passengers and lack of separate comfort rooms for males and females. 

The LTFRB also found that the terminal did not have a priority lane, communication facility, and appropriate signages for its clients.

Citing a report by the LTFRB, Malacañang on Satursay said families of those killed in the accident will receive P200,000 while those injured will receive P20,000 from the Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency (PAMI) starting Monday, March 26.

Regulators ordered Dimple Star to have its buses checked for road-worthiness and for its drivers and conductors to undergo drug testing and a driving seminar.

Nineteen people were killed while 21 others were wounded after a Dimple Star bus fell into a ravine in Sablayan town late Tuesday.

Initial investigation showed that the driver lost control of the brakes while traversing the national highway. -- with Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News