Bus falls off cliff in Sorsogon, no major injuries reported – police

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2019   •   978

A passenger bus plunged off a cliff in Matnog, Sorsogon on Monday, but no major injuries were reported, the local police said.

Initial report reaching the Police Regional Office 5 said that an Eagle Star passenger bus with body number 8168 fell down a cliff in Barangay Hidhid while maneuvering a descending sharp curve lane.

The bus, which was driven by 37-year old Felix Calipes, was travelling from Manila going to Matnog when the incident occurred Monday morning.

“Fortunately, all passengers were safe and no major casualty or injury reported,” police said.

“Other passengers sustained only minor injuries and were immediately brought to the nearest hospital,” police added.

Authorities said the bus driver was brought to Matnog Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

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LTFRB discovers various violations of Leomarick Bus at Carrangalan bus tragedy hearing

admin   •   May 3, 2017

MANILA — The LTFRB believes it is high time to push for the modernization program of all public utility vehicles following the Carranglan bus tragedy.

The LTFRB has previously discovered that the Leomarick bus unit that fell into a ravine, is 33 years old, contrary to the declaration submitted by the bus company stating it is a 2006 year model.

The bus operator, however, explained that the bus unit was acquired in 2006 second-hand.

READ: Bus in Nueva Ecija crash is 33 yrs old

Aside from these, it was revealed during a probe by the LTFRB on Tuesday, other violations of the Leomarick bus unit such as the changing of routes.

“Yan lang po kasi yung alam naming daan na pwedeng magpick up ng kwan papunta sa San Jose, hindi yata passable kasi bundok napo yan,” Leomarick bus operator Leonardo Patulot said. (That’s the only route we know where we can pick up more passengers going to San Jose. It seemed no longer passable because it’s mountainous.)

It was also discovered that the bus company has no safety officers while drivers have no relievers.

“Hindi ko pa po na kuwan yung sir, basta ang sinabi naman po sa akin ay bumaba daw sya, di ko maano, baka hindi nakasama,” Patulot added. (I am not quite sure. What he said was he got off. Perhaps he was not able to join the trip.)

The operation of Leomarick bus line has been  suspended up to now. The LTFRB is studying whether to completely cancel the bus line’s franchise.

The next hearing of the case is set on June 6. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

READ: Over 30 killed in Nueva Ecija Bus Crash

LTFRB suspends Leomarick Trans after Nueva Ecija bus crash

admin   •   April 19, 2017

Nueva Ecija bus crash site

Nueva Ecija bus crash site

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a preventive suspension order against the operator of the Leomarick bus.

This is after a tragic accident involving a Leomarick bus occurred yesterday in Carangglan, Nueva Ecija.

Leomarick buses are not allowed to travel for 30 days while authorities are investigating the incident.

The LTFRB will summon the owner of the bus line, Leonardo Patulot, for an explanation as to why the bus line franchise must not be suspended or cancelled.

An LTFRB record showed Leomarick has two bus units and legitimately registered with the LTFRB.

The LTFRB set the first hearing of the case on May 2, Tuesday, at the Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City, at 9:00 am.

“We want to determine kung totoong overloading, kasi may mga lumalabas na balita, so want to check aside from overloading, were doing also a checking on the tracking number like what we did sa Panda to determine how really old na itong bus na ito kasi franchise verification nila nakalagay 2006 model but just want due diligence, kasi kahit gaano kagaling ang driver natin wala silang say kung talagang faulty na yung kanilang sinasakyan,” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

(We want to determine if indeed there was overloading since there are reports of such. So we want to check aside from overloading, we’re doing also a checking on the tracking number like what we did with panda bus to determine how really old the bus unit is. The franchise verification shows it is a 2006 model. But we just want due diligence. Because no matter the skills of the driver, he cannot do anything if the vehicle is indeed faulty.) — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

Over 2,000 Sorsogon residents benefit from medical and dental mission of UNTV, MCGI

admin   •   September 13, 2016



SORSOGON, Philippines — Over two thousand residents of Matnog in the province of Sorsogon benefitted from free medical and dental check-up, tooth extraction, eyeglasses, and medicines through the medical and dental mission of UNTV and Members Church of God International.

“The people who are here now, they are from the poor places of Matnog. That’s why you see they are many because it is difficult for government assistance to reach these places,” said Fernando Trinidad, commander of 903rd Infantry Brigade.

The residents expressed their gratitude as they were able to consult with doctors and specialists who are partners of UNTV in its advocacy to help our fellowmen.

“What you are doing is a big help especially for us here in Matnog. This is an opportunity so all of us here in Matnog had to grab this opportunity because this is rare,” said Romie Pega, principal of Matnog Central School where the medical mission was held.

Matnog is a third class municipality in the southernmost part of Luzon which has a population of almost 40 thousand people who are mostly poor.

This is the reason why UNTV and MCGI immediately responded to the residents’ request for a medical and dental mission.

“This activity of UNTV together with KFI (Kamanggagawa Foundation Inc.) is really a good example that we hope you’d continue not just here in the town of Matnog but also in other provinces,” Comm. Trinidad added. — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue


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