Raps filed vs driver in Bontoc bus crash-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
BAGUIO CITY -- Police authorities have filed several counts of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against the driver of the bus that fell into a ravine in Bontoc, Mt. Province last February 7.
Mt. Province Police Provincial Director Oliver Enmodias said they have been preparing the case against the bus driver, Edgar Renon, since Saturday (February 8) by taking statements from survivors and GV Florida Transport Inc. employees, including bus conductor Jeremiah Agnapan.
The case was filed against Renon on Monday, February 10, said Police Regional Office-Cordillera information officer Davy Limmong.
He said Renon is still recuperating from injuries sustained in the mishap, which killed at least 15 people. The latest fatality was identified as Christian Cabardo, who was among the companions of comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez.
Jimenez also died in the crash, which occurred at Sitio Paggang, Barangay Talubin in Bontoc. [Read more]
Cabardo’s body was airlifted to Villamor Airbase from Loakan Airport in this city Saturday morning but reports from the local police showed he died.
Superintendent Limmong emphasized it is also the obligation of the bus driver to see to it that bus brakes are working before traveling from their terminal in Sampaloc, Manila to Bontoc.
He added that based on investigation, the ill-fated GV Florida bus was about to pass through a sharp curve in Sitio Paggang, Barangay Talubin in Bontoc when it fell into a rice paddy.
Police also secured a sworn statement from the bus conductor, Agnapan, who confirmed that there was a problem with the vehicle’s brakes, causing the accident.
The mishap also injured 30 passengers. Among the 14 casualties were Canadian national Alex Loring and Dutch national Anne Van Deven.
Airlifted to this city on Saturday were Carina Javier, Kristina Sobrevinas, Dino Dimar, Daniel Chavez, Bernard Beshtold, Robert Coronado, Michael Negrito, and Cabardo.
Dutch national Annenmik Verwegen, who was one of the injured, was also airlifted to St. Luke’s Medical Center Saturday.
Three passengers, including bus driver Renon and alternate driver Alexander Longalong, are still recovering at the Bontoc General Hospital, while other passengers were already discharged at the Luis Hora General Hospital in Bauko town.
Only five passengers are still recovering and undergoing treatment in three Baguio hospitals, including Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Saint Louis University Hospital of the Sacred Heart, and Pines City Doctors Hospital.
Five fatalities were also brought to Cordon, Isabela for further embalming procedures due to the severity of the injuries they sustained.
The Bontoc community, meanwhile, conducted a “daw-es,” a traditional Cordilleran cleansing ritual done after accidents and disasters, and offered prayers at the accident site in Sitio Paggang. (Sun.Star Baguio/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 12, 2014.