LTFRB suspends 7 Ceres buses

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the operations of seven units of Ceres Liner buses after one of these units was involved in a tragic road accident in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental two weeks ago.

Five passengers of a mini-bus that collided with the Ceres bus died while 32 others were wounded. Ceres Liner bus no. 541, driven by Jonathan Estoya Maghari, was assigned the Bacolod-Canlaon route and vice versa, but it was bound for Bacolod from Cebu when it figured in an accident.

LTFRB-Western Visayas Regional Director Romulo Bernardes said their central office in Manila served the suspension order for the Ceres buses owned and operated by Vallacar Transit Inc. under the Yanson Group of Companies.

Jade Marquez Seballos, legal and media relations manager of Yanson Group, said they have been expecting the preventive suspension as they are aware of the LTFRB policy.

She said the seven bus units belong to a franchise that included the one involved in the Hinigaran accident.

These buses are plying the Bacolod-Cebu route and vice versa.

The LTFRB is set to conduct a hearing today, Tuesday, pertaining to the fatal road accident in Hinigaran to determine who was at fault between the involved vehicles. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 18, 2014.

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