Toppled bus victims settle for P16K

Driver from transport firm suspended in 2012


MORNING SPREAD The Nova Auto Transport bus that went wayward lies across the southbound lane on Edsa Wednesday morning, snarling the rush-hour traffic. MMDA ROAD EMERGENCY GROUP

Barely three months after the suspension order against Nova Auto Transport was lifted, one of its buses again figured in a major accident on Edsa early Wednesday, injuring 11 people, including a five-year-old girl.

The southbound bus being driven by Isidro Hortelano fell on its side after making a sharp turn to avoid hitting a taxi around 7 a.m., according to the initial investigation.

For about 30 minutes, the vehicle lay across the highway, clogging traffic on all but two of the southbound lanes near the corner of Pantaleon Street, Mandaluyong City.

PO3 Salani Radzail of the Mandaluyong police initially said charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries will be filed against Hortelano, 44.

But the Inquirer learned later in the day that the injured passengers signed a joint affidavit agreeing to an amicable settlement, provided the bus company would shoulder their medical expenses and pay for their lost workday.

Radzail said the passengers received a total P16,200 in compensation, including the cost of a passenger’s cell phone worth P5,000 that got lost.

The city police’s traffic and investigation unit identified the injured bus passengers as gas station attendant John Estacion, 33; security officer Danilo Lozares Jr., 38; carpenter Fred Regoso, 53; service crew member Clarence Balagon, 21; electrician Lemuel Aurena, 23; construction worker Gerry Andon, 35; call center agent Johnnyphil Evardone, 26; factory worker Alan Ganero, 45; Noriel Demian, 34; janitor Marjoe Escuadro, 29; and his daughter, Sky, 5.

They were treated for abrasions and minor injuries at Mandaluyong City Medical Center.

According to the passengers, Hortelano was driving at high speed and was too late to see the taxi ahead of him. He suddenly swerved to the left to avoid hitting the cab, losing control.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s Road Emergency Group, which responded to the scene, called the incident a “self-accident.”

In October 2012, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board suspended the operations of the entire Nova fleet after two of its buses figured in separate accidents—one of them killing a motorcycle rider—in Quezon City within a span of 24 hours.

The suspension was lifted a month later, allowing 66 of the firm’s 76 buses to again ply their routes.

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  • alfred sanchez

    sayang ako na lang sana nakasakay sa bus konting sugat lang 16k na, hehe

    • ryan andres

      ser 16k divided among the injured yun… kuripot talaga nyang Nova…

      • alfred sanchez

         a ganun ba? lugi nga pasahero, hehe dapat lifetime free sakay na lang sa nova

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        sabihin mo nalang nawala yung cellphone mo hahahah

      • ryan andres

        hehehe pwede rin yun! Parang pulis lang, pakita ng badge libre na sakay =)

  • novaliches

    kailangan ng mga biktima attorney, pag walang attorney babaratin lang sila. malaki ang cut ng attorney, pero di hamak na mas malaki sa 16k ang makukuha ng mga nasaktan. 

  • prangka

    Ang Cheap ng Pinoys. P16k lang settled na(paghahatian pa).  Bakit mga injured lang? May psychological and emotional components din yan. Injured and hindi injured dapat bayaran. Hindi madadala ang mga bus operators and drivers kung masaya na ang mga passengers sa barya. Hindi kasuwapangan kung mataas ang asking dahil pag naramdaman ng mga bus operators ang bigat ng penalties ay baka magbago.

  • TonTon

    hmm… drug testing on their drivers, longer suspension or revoking their franchise license. this company has been involved in accidents, some with fatalities. how many more accidents and fatalities? remove their buses from the streets of metro manila.

  • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    who owns this? the riding public should just avoid these buses. like before, there are certain buses i would not get into as those were notorious for running people over or driving recklessly.

  • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    someone should start a sticker campaign : ANG BUS NA ITO AY DELIKADO. NAKAKAMATAY. 


    Approved yan Onbort! Second the motion or LTFRB should ban this company forever!

  • Loggnat

    Self accident…. :)) Did the driver got a ticket for speeding and obstruction the public road due to his self-accident? hehehe

  • Immortal

    16k divided pa? 5k for the lost cellphone, 11K na lang, divided pa sa 11 persons, total of 1K per person lang binigay? How about emotional trauma for the passengers and the kid? May debriefing bang nangyari para maiwasan ang long term psychological effect? Hindi ba dapat may insurance, not only the vehicle pati sa individual passengers?

  • Jack

    bakit wala pang aksyon ng ltfrb laban sa nova bus lines? nakipag-amicable settlement na rin ba ang ltfrb sa nova?

  • Eric

    Dating tricycle drivers yata ang mga kinukuha ng Nova… Spanish that means No Go…yan dapat mangyari sa bus line na to.

  • akoombulator

    sumakay ka ng nova safeway o newman bus sa baclaran 3:30 ng umaga nasa commonwealth ka na in 30 minutes garantisado kahit anong araw pramis mabilis at iwas sa mga holdaper madilim pa may oras ka pa kay misis

  • potchi25

    Walang sinasanto itong mga drivers ng Nova Bus. Dedma sa bus lanes at kung makapag-swerve e wagas talaga. Dapat dito tuluyan nang i-cancel ang prangkisa nila.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Kung ano ang driver, ganyan din ba ang management?

  • Mux

    11,000 divided by 11 people is just P 1,000 each! Is this a joke? 

  • pedronimo

    It is about time that the franchise of this notorious bus company be cancelled permanently…baka naman nakaladlad na ang palad ny mga corrupt sa LTRFB.

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    ang barat naman ng bus company na ito..I’d sue the bus owners, instead of accepting their cheap monetary offers…!

  • Invictus Animus

    kapag male-late ka na wag ka mag-taxi, mag-nova bus ka . . .

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