CUL bus to continue its operation despite accident
TACLOBAN CITY- Despite the accident involving their passenger bus, it’s still business as usual.
This was revealed by a CUL personnel whose ticketing office is located at the New Bus Terminal, this city.
“It was an accident. Nobody had asked for it,” the lady personnel, who asked not to be identified, said.
A CUL-owned passenger bus fell down into a river in Pagbilao, Quezon province Sunday with majority of its passengers coming from various parts of Eastern Visayas region.
This latest road mishap resulted to the death of four persons.
The passenger bus with body number 8007, which originated from Palompon, Leyte but made a stop at the Tacloban terminal on Saturday to pick up more passengers, was traversing the Atimonan zigzag road at around 2:30 am Sunday when it accidentally fell into the Hamaw River, Pagbilao town.
The CUL personnel said that she has no idea that there is an order for them to stop their operations due to the accident. There were about 48 passengers when the ill-fated passenger bus left the Tacloban bus terminal last Saturday.
Meantime, Representative Florencio Noel of the An waray party-list group said that he is coordinating with Quezon Rep. Wilfrido Enverga regarding the accident.
“The An Waray party-list group will extend financial assistance to all the victims, there is no question about it,” Noel, in a phone interview, said.
The CUL personnel said that their company has its own maintenance services to ensure that all its passenger buses are road-worthy. “It stops at least three times in certain areas just for check up purposes,” she said.
She said that two passenger buses from the company were scheduled to leave for Manila on Monday.
The CUL personnel said that the bus company would provide free ride to the relatives of the victims who wish to visit them.
One of them was Rebecca Comandao, whose 19-year old stepdaughter Analyn Tatoy was among the victims, who said that she was happy that the bus company is providing assistance to all the victims.
“I will not file any complaint against the company. I know it was an accident; nobody likes that to happen. At least they are there to help the victims,” Comandao, 48 and a resident of Barangay I of Tabon-Tabon, Leyte, said on Monday.
A male passenger, who just gave his name Daniel, said that he believed that what happened in Pagbilao, Quezon was an “isolated” accident.
“Based on the reports, it said that it was an accident. It lost its brakes. No, I feel safe riding with the CUL,” the passenger, who is from Tacloban and is bound for Manila. (JOEY A. GABIETA)
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