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If you take a Ceres between San Carlos and Bacolod, BEFORE leaving San Carlos, they check the tires and brakes. If there are any issues, the sort them prior to going through the mountains. I have trav

Speed wasn't the problem, booze was.   Rules and laws don't mean anything without enforcement. Just a single roving officer with a breathalyzer could change the whole dynamic.

A speeding Ceres bus flipped multible times this morning a bit pass 7:00 am near the Algeria - Badian boader. Ambulances are still screaming by the house, even saw a larger front end loader going by

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Plant action crashed infront of our house, this bus crashed about 2k south of here. about 1/4k from Algeria bountry.

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I have always had a loathing for Ceres Liners.

 

Sad thing is, they are safer than the non-aircon "independent" drivers.

 

On the bus, if the driver isnt going breakneck speeds, people complain, and insist he goes faster. People will ride with a different company if they think that they are faster.

 

But I totally agree about blaming the bus owners, the drivers are over worked, under trained, over stressed scape goats, driving some dodgy vehicles, on even dodgier roads !

 

Im not saying the drivers are innocent, just a small, easily replaceable cog in a big picture. Like the captain of a sunken RORO, who was ordered to leave port during a storm or be sacked !

 

 

Most know the unwritten rule when the bus runs someone over, and they are still moving ??

 

Reverse back over them !

 

Because, funerals are cheaper then hospital bills !

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These bus crashes make me sick.

Some drivers are very good and go at a comfortable pace...but most I just want to get off and try the next one coming up the road.

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If you take a Ceres between San Carlos and Bacolod, BEFORE leaving San Carlos, they check the tires and brakes. If there are any issues, the sort them prior to going through the mountains. I have traveled that way numerous times. Each and every time, those checks were repeated. 

 

Granted, I have been on buses (Ceres) that did travel too fast, on Cebu. But, even with the accidents in the news, I would not hesitate to travel aboard another one in a second. 

 

Unfortunately, part of living in a third world country, comes along with it, a very low value for life by the natives. 

 

When something in the Philippines happens, which involves lives being taken, it's simply God's Will. Doesn't matter if the idiot was too stupid to look both ways before crossing a highway, which resulted in him ending up flat on the concrete and drying in the sun. It was still God's Will. 

 

Until Filipinos, and other natives of other 3rd world countries, start standing up and taking responsibility for their actions, this will never change. Of course, when things like this do begin to change, so will the cost of living in these respective countries. 

 

So, folks, you can't have it all. You can either live in a country like the west. Or, you can live in a country like the wild west.

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Drunken driver crashes bus in Cebu; wife and daughter killed

 

CEBU CITY—A drunken bus driver crashed his vehicle in the southern Cebu town of Badian Monday, killing his wife and 5-year-old daughter and injuring at least 19 other passengers, police said.

Investigators said bus driver Erwin Gerson, 42, escaped unhurt but was so drunk he did not even realize that his wife Marlyn, 41, and their daughter, Geralyn, who were seated on the front seat beside him, had been killed in the 7:18 a.m. crash.

Investigator PO2 Bismark Babiera of the Badian police said Gerson admitted he had been drinking the night before and tested positive for alcohol at the Badian district hospital where he and some of the injured passengers were taken following the accident, which occurred on a blind, downhill curve in Sitio Bangko-bangko in Badian, 97 km southwest of Cebu City.

The Ceres bus was traveling from the town of Santander on the southernmost tip of the island of Cebu en route to Cebu City when it hit a steel post and fell on its right side while coming down a curve on the national highway, Babiera said.

He said Gerson admitted he had been drinking the night before at the Ceres bus terminal in Santander.

Babiera said Marlyn and Geralyn Gerson suffered severe injuries. The woman broke her head and one of her hands was severed; her daughter’s head was severed.

The injured passengers were taken to different hospitals in Badian, the town of Alegria as well as Cebu City.

Nineteen passengers, most of them students of the Cebu Technological University in Moalboal, were treated in Alegria and Badian hospitals, Babiera said, adding that the number of injured could be higher as others may have been taken to other hospitals.

Babiera said Gerson, the driver, was apparently unhurt but still drunk when found sitting on the roadside near the site of the accident.

“He did not even know that his wife and daughter were killed,” Babiera said.

The driver cried when police informed him at the police station that his wife and daughter were dead.

He is now under detention at the Badian police station and will be facing criminal charges, Babiera said.

 
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Cebu Daily News

 

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10 Ceres buses suspended for 30 days

 

A 30-day suspension was ordered on the operation of the Ceres bus in the Badian crash and nine others covered in its franchise pending investigation.

The erring bus driver’s license was suspended for 90 days, and if it’s proven that he was drunk, his license may be revoked.

Regional Director Ahmed Cuizon of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Cuizon also issued a show-cause order against Vallacar Transit, the franchise holder, to explain why their franchise should not be canceled. The hearing is set for this afternoon.

The suspension covers 10 Ceres buses covered by franchise number 080631 which are plying the Cebu City- Guihulngan, Negros Oriental route.

Cuizon said he can’t suspend the whole Ceres bus fleet because it would adversely affect the riding public during Christmas, which is peak season.

All Ceres buses will be checked for road worthiness and their drivers will undergo a safety seminar, drug test and alcohol test through the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

An official of the bus company in Cebu City office promised to cooperate and voluntarily freeze operations of the remaining nine buses, said Cuizon.

Since the accident involved deaths, LTO 7 Regional Director Arnel Tancinco said the driver's license of Gerson can be suspended for 90 days.

And it it's proven that the driver was drunk, his license may be revoked.

Under a new law against drunk driving, Republic Act 10586, in Section 12(2), an offender's professional driver's license shall be confiscated and perpetually revoked for the first conviction. This will disqualify the person from being granted any driver's license.

   
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V-hires are just as bad. The main reason I stopped going to Eastern Samar to surf is because the V-hires speed so dangerously. Many trips I have had to stop the van to get out and vomit from the maximum decelerations going into the many curves. Since this is a 4 hour trip on crowded vans over bad roads, it is just not worth the trip. Before the typhoon, they were working on the road and if they ever finish it and start sending busses, I will probably start visiting there again.

I have paid the driver extra not to speed .....the extra 200 pesos is well worth it

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I have paid the driver extra not to speed .....the extra 200 pesos is well worth it

So this works!?!

I had thought of that but was worried it would offend their pride and end up backfiring.

(that kano does not know what fast is..grumble grumble I am Aristotle John Achavez the third...best bus driver in all of Philippines, I will show him fast grumble grumble)

 

maybe I will try that now lol

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I have paid the driver extra not to speed .....the extra 200 pesos is well worth it

 

In most cases that would defeat the purpose of using a V-hire as far as I am concerned.

I could probably drive my car for that or less in the few instances I have used V-hire.

I like the fact that I don't have to drive if I don't want to, but quit riding them because they are too fully packed and the front seat is the only place I would ever ride.

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Speed wasn't the problem, booze was.

 

Rules and laws don't mean anything without enforcement. Just a single roving officer with a breathalyzer could change the whole dynamic.

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So this works!?!

I had thought of that but was worried it would offend their pride and end up backfiring.

(that kano does not know what fast is..grumble grumble I am Aristotle John Achavez the third...best bus driver in all of Philippines, I will show him fast grumble grumble)

 

maybe I will try that now lol

With a V hire it does.....I tell him if he drives carefully and does not over speed , he gets a nice tip......when he asks how much , I tell him I gave the last driver 200 pesos

I sit in the front seat too usually with my woman so he is always reminded of my presence 

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Speed wasn't the problem, booze was.

Witnesses say the bus was going way too fast.

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, December 17, 2013

CEBU CITY -- A packed passenger bus fell sideways in Barangay Balhaan, Badian, Cebu early Monday morning, killing the driver’s wife and daughter and wounding 32 other passengers.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Central Visayas Region suspended 10 units of the Ceres Bus Liner, including the bus that figured in Monday’s accident.

Residents near the accident site rushed to help found the bodies of Marlyn Gerson, 41, and her daughter Geralyn, 5. The two held each other in a final embrace.

It was Marlyn’s husband Erwin, 42, who was driving when the accident took place at 7:18 a.m., after the bus allegedly sped downhill in Sitio Bangko-Bangko.

Police Officer (PO2) Randy Balansag, an investigator of the Badian Police Station, said that Gerson lost control of the vehicle and smashed into an electric post and tree, before the bus tumbled on its right side.

An alcohol test showed Gerson was driving under the influence of liquor. He reportedly told the police that he had finished two bottles of beer on Sunday night.

Investigator Balansag, when interviewed by reporters, said previous road accidents in Barangay Balhaan were minor ones.

Many students

A 40-meter-long skid mark led from the damaged post to the fallen bus. Had Gerson failed to hold on to the steering wheel, Balansag theorized, the bus could have fallen off a cliff.

“Basin daghan pa ang mamatay (Many others could have died),” the police investigator said.

Gerson later told the police there was no truth to speculations he had fought with his wife. The family lives in Wireless, Mandaue City, but Marlyn sometimes visited her husband at work.

The initial investigation showed the bus left its terminal in Bato, Samboan town at 6 a.m. en route to Cebu City.

Many of its passengers were students who were on their way to school. The bus could seat 39. Gerson said there were 42 on board.

When it reached Sitio Bangko-Bangko, the driver said, he tried to apply the brakes.

“Nisayaw siya dayon nitakilid na man (The bus swerved then began to fall),” he said.

His wife and daughter, who sat in front, bore the brunt of the impact.

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This bus sped downhill in Sitio Bangko-Bangko, Barangay Balhaan in Badian town, Cebu before it hit a post and a tree, then fell on its side shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2013. (Photo by Amper campana of Sun.Star Cebu)

 

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Gerson is detained in the Badian Police Station, where he will face a complaint for reckless imprudence resulting to double homicide and multiple physical injuries.

He failed to present the original receipt and certificate of registration of the bus when the police asked for these.

Police are now looking for his helper on the bus, who remained unidentified and reportedly fled after the accident.

Primitivo Candido, 49, who lives in the area, recalled seeing a bus that was going fast, before he heard a loud thud. He was one of the few people who helped pull out the passengers from the bus.

When Sun.Star Cebu visited the area, there were still some slippers, clothes and coloring pencils laid out on the ground.

At the St. Anne Funeral Parlor, Menchie Subingsubing, the driver’s cousin, rose to his defense, saying it was his first accident.

She said that Gerson’s wife had attended the first misa de gallo (dawn mass) on Monday, before visiting her husband, which was something she often did.

LTFRB Regional Director Ahmed Cuizon said he has asked Vallacar Transit to assign at least one company representative in all the hospitals where the injured passengers are being treated, to ensure their needs are taken care of.

Explain

Cuizon said the 10 units owned and operated by Vallacar Transit Corp. are authorized to operate within the Guihulngan-Cebu City route.

“I am likewise coordinating with the bus insurer so that financial assistance will be extended to the victims,” he added.

He has “issued a show cause-order directing the bus operator to appear at our office tomorrow afternoon and show proof as to why the subject franchise should not be canceled.”

Since it is now the peak season for bus operations, Cuizon urged bus operators to apply for special permits that will allow them to ply the routes of the 10 suspended buses, to make sure there are enough buses on the road during the Christmas season.

After the accident, seven of the passengers were admitted in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City.

As of 12:33 p.m., VSMMC emergency medicine department chairman Emmanuel Gines said in a press briefing that two of these patients needed immediate surgery, but were both in stable condition.

The other five patients were not in critical condition; three sustained minor lacerations and were given stress debriefing, while the other two had simple fractures.

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The patients admitted in VSMMC were Winston Adams Palamine and Sheila Yong, both 19 years old; Bernardita Enario, 20; Renante Ybañez, 30; Virginia Pilingon, 36; Ireneo Talaugon, 54; and Gregorio Pugoy.

Those brought to the Badian District Hospital were identified as Ida Aida Javierto, 47; Cepriana Cuevas, 46; Renan Letegio, 23; Jimmy Norte, 42; Marcio Bendulo, 71; Alever Asma, 27, Edwin Batomalaque; 19; Rosell Zamora, 27; and Lourdes Bendulo, 63.

Prescilla Sanchez, 62; Jorgen Devila, 19; Euteqia Dantes, 80; Mariano Endab, 41; Mary Lou Baricus; Gian Clifford Gorango; Melrose Gomez; Isidro Manaba; Maricris Gomez; and Marilou Malaylan were confined in Alegria town.

Melita Abella, 37; Shiela Patriarca, 23; Gerenio Talangon, 34; Serevil Cuevas, 21: Rory Jay Bitasolo, 20; and Gegion Nobela, 28, were rushed to Malabuyoc town. (The patients who were transferred to the VSMMC had been brought first to Malabuyoc.)

Meanwhile, the family of Aldin Ebale visited the Badian Police Station on Monday afternoon to inform that he was among the injured passengers, but went straight home after the accident. (Jave Matugas, USJR-Mass Comm Intern/Sun.Star Cebu)

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