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19 dead 21 injured as bus falls off cliff in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Dimple Star Bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on Tuesday night. Photo: Occidental Mindoro DRRMO

At least 19 people were killed while 21 others were injured after a passenger bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on Tuesday night.

The Dimple Star bus with plate number TYU 708 was traversing the national highway at 9 p.m. when the driver lost control causing the vehicle to crash into the side railing of Patrick Bridge and plunging down a 15-meter-deep ravine.

The victims were rushed to provincial hospitals in Mamburao and Sablayan towns. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Dimple Star bus in Mindoro crash bought from junk shop

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Chairman Martin Delgra during an inspection at the crash site of Dimple Star Bus.

MANILA, Philippines — Owners of Dimple Star firm admitted that the bus unit in the Occidental Mindoro crash that left 19 people dead was sourced from a junk shop.

At the hearing of Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Hilbert Napat said that he just changed some parts of the bus and painted it to make it look new.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, was puzzled as to how the unit passed the motor vehicle inspection system of Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Following the confession of the operators, the LTFRB stands firm on their decision to suspend the firm’s operations.

The LTFRB will resume hearing the case on May 30. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PRRD orders nationwide crackdown on ‘colorum’ PUVs after Mindoro crash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.

MANILA, Philippines — After the fatal accident in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro involving Dimple Star bus,  President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.

The president made the statement during the anniversary of Supreme Tribal Council in Calinan, Davao City last Friday.

The president insisted that his order is legal and according to law.

“How will you defend the Filipino when son of a b**** you won’t move? So starting tomorrow, the police and the highway patrol will arrest and jail all the drivers and the operators,” said the president. “Why? because it is fraud. It’s cheating and that is a crime. Some of you don’t know about the reckless imprudence. Nobody is being apprehended on reckless imprudence. It would eventually be declared as an accident.”

He also warned drivers or operators who will fight back against the arresting law enforcement officers.

“And if you resist violently, listen carefully to this, if you resist violently and your resistance puts the life of the soldiers and the police in danger because you have arms, then my order to them is, ‘Shoot them. Kill them’,” said the president.

According to the chief executive, the colorum of public utility vehicles has been a long-time problem and it is the government’s fault why it hasn’t been resolved.

If there will not be enough forces to impose his orders he assigned the military to provide help.

On Monday, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) will conduct anti-colorum operations in bus terminals in Metro Manila. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Pres. Duterte warns colorum bus owners of detention

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Martin Delgra III to arrest the operator of the Dimple Star bus during his visit to the accident site in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on March 23, 2018. He also ordered the arrest of other operators who are running colorum public utility vehicles nationwide. Duterte’s orders came on the heels of the accident involving the same bus company that left 19 dead and 21 wounded last Tuesday. Joining the President is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived on Friday at the national highway of Brgy. Batong Buhay Sablayan Occidental Mindoro where a Dimple Star bus unit figured in a fatal accident last Tuesday night.

The president has expressed dismay over the accident especially since 19 of its passengers had died, while more than 20 others were injured.

Following the incident, the president threatened to order the detention of the owners of all bus units in the country that have no proper permits.

The chief executive also visited the wake of the casualties in the accident and vowed to shoulder the burial expenses.  — UNTV News & Rescue

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