TWO of the 58 injured passengers aboard MV Braquiel of 2Go Shipping Lines, which figured in an accident with a tug boat Saturday night, Feb. 18, will seek legal assistance after they were reportedly denied of cash assistance by the management.

Mark (real name withheld), who went to the shipping lines' office last Monday to address their concerns, was “disappointed” when the staff made no mention of handing out financial aid to the victims.

“I was told that only a free checkup and medication will be given to us. I asked if accidents are included in their insurance policy, but the staff said that it only covers dead passengers,” he told SunStar Cebu.

Violy Baz, on the other hand, said that she will be consulting lawyers so that they can proceed with their next move.

Baz suffered deep lashes on various parts of her body, while Mark had several fractures.

“If providing cash assistance to victims is mandated by law, then we will be pressing charges. The accident not only caused us trauma, but have also made us unable to report for work,” she said.

Both have earlier said that they will be filing reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury against 2Go Shipping should the latter continue to neglect their obligations to the victims.

Sought for comment, Engr. Angelito Salvio, general manager of Supercat, said that they already attended to the remaining hospitalized passengers.

“As for the complaining passengers, we advised them to go to our office at Pier 4 and to bring their concerns up to Mylen Manlangit. Our management will evaluate the passengers' complaints and have them validated,” Salvio said.

Some 90 passengers were aboard the ferry boat when it hit a tug boat under the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, 10 minutes away from Pier 4 in Cebu City, hurting 58 people.