Baguio field trip turns tragic for teacher and 6 students

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A resident of Tuba town in Benguet passes by the scene of the accident Friday that shows the wreckage of the container truck and the bus ridden by students and teachers. Seven people were killed in the mishap that occurred Thursday night. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

BAGUIO City—A field trip to Baguio City turned tragic for students and teachers of Marinduque State College when the bus they were riding crashed into two other vehicles Thursday night, police said.

Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera regional police director, said the mishap along Marcos Highway left six students and one of the teachers dead.

Authorities identified those killed as Jenny Liza Lantorva, a teacher, and Diane Lauro, Mariel Mingi, Princess Ann Pastorside, Leopoldo Nana, Carlo Pintor, and Mervin Molatino, all students.

Magalong said the fatalities were among the 31 students and two teachers from Marinduque State College in Torijos who went up to Baguio City for a field trip. With them were two tour guides, two reliever drivers, and the driver.

Magalong said they were on their way back to Manila traversing the zigzag road in Tuba, Benguet, at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when their bus (AFB 769) crashed into a container truck and then into another passenger bus bound for Baguio.

Magalong said six of the fatalities died on the spot, while the seventh was declared dead on arrival at the Baguio General Hospital (BGH).

The injured passengers were also taken to BGH, he said.

Investigators suspect faulty brakes caused the students’ bus to go wayward.–With a report from Radyo Inquirer 990AM

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  • dodong1

    OVER SPEEDING ITONG BUS NA ITO..NAKIKIRAMAY AKO SA MGA PAMILYANG NAMATAYAN…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    In this day and age, why do brakes continue to fail?
    In other countries, seat belts are mandatory even in buses.
    It should be mandatory for long haul, high speed land transport.

  • generalproblem

    itigil na kasi yang mga field trip na yan. nung nakaraan field trip din ang dahilan kung bakit namatay student dahil umabante yung bus kahit walang driver. saka gastos lang yang mga field trip na yan sa mga magulang na hirap na nga makakuha ng pang tuition bayad pa ang field trip. sa tingin ko eh puro kaartehan na lang ng mga pamunuan ang skul ang field trip para makalibre sa pamamasyal mga faculty

    • Shadows1

       Nde lang libreng byahe at pasyal. kumikita kse ang mga schools dyan, lalo mga private schools. Tour operators give “rebates” to the schools, and the amount depends on the cost of the field trip. Imagine, if the school owner/administrator gets P50 or P100 per student who will JOIN (read: FORCED TO JOIN), the required field trip. That’s easily P10,000 for 100 students. The more students who will join, the bigger the rebate is.

      • Bojo Mojo

         tama ka dyan!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WC5IJSKXTZLNM3AV3VGPMM4O7Y ero

    abolish field trip….

    • 1voxPopuli

      labo mo pre.

      accident was caused by a faulty brake – tapos fieldtrip sisisihin. lakas ng trip mo ah.

      • isellnuts

         YUP! abolish all field trips.

      • alfred sanchez

        why not abolish trucks and busses too

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

        ang KJ mo. Darating ang panahon, sabihin mo yan sa anak mo, ewan ko lang kung ano reaction niya. Hindi naman kasi field trips ang root cause. Accidents are inevitable.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

         abolish all brakes!!!!

        (jok)

      • Bojo Mojo

         kulang na lang sisihin nyo si gma o si mike… :D

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/FMILZVJMPLRYOGFXL6PPNEVS24 Mike Arroyo

         Ako na naman!?

      • Bojo Mojo

         hahaha!…

      • Carlos_Iho

        Driver ang problema, hindi ang brake. 

  • jeetkaido

    Driver’s Fault lagi ito, walana mg iba. Dapat check muna ang mga brakes, batteries, langis, tubig tsaka mga tornilo na lumuluwag sa vibration. Kadalasan, maski wala sa condition ang sasakyan, binabyahe. Karamihan mga driver ng jeep at bus ay di dumaan sa driving schools kaya di nila alam mga basic requirements. Condolence sa familia ng mga namatay. 

  • Paitan

    halos lahat naman siguro ng nagaral at kasalukuyang magaaral ay nakaranas sumama sa field trip…oo ngat may mga bagay ding natututunan ang isang studyante sa pagsama dito, ay hindi din natin mapapasubalian na minsan ay nagagamit din ng ilang skuwelahan ang mga field trips na ito para sa sarili nilang interes at karagdagang pagkakakitaan,,minsan,,nakakaroon pa ng hinampo sa magulang ang isang magaaral pag hindi kinayang ipangutang ang kabayaran pati na rin ang pagamba na hindi mabibigyan ng magandang marka ang hindi nakasama.
    maaring maganda ang layunin ng bumalangkas noon kung bakit kailangan ang field trip pero nawawalan ng saysay ito dahil sa mga buhay ng ilang studyante at mga guro na nawala sa mga ganitong pagkakataon
    ano pang saysay ng mga natutunan ng isang magaaral kung sa paguwi niya sa kanilang tahanan ay isa na siyang malamig na BANGKAY??
    panahon na siguro para muling pag-aralan ng mga kinauukulan at bumalangkas ng mga bagong patakaran kung sa inaakala nila ay talagang kailangan  ang ganitong uri ng aktibidad sa lahat ng paaralan..

    • raedjov

      sang-ayon po ako sa komento ninyong ito. ito po ang realidad.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRLFHB4ZOMCNGDUJ2ZINRV7DAQ Juan

    dapat hindi na pinayagan na bumiyahe yung brake. wala ba pakiramdam yung driver?

    • Bojo Mojo

       baka ibig mo sabihin yun bus na walang brake na di dapat bumiyahe.. :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Condolence.
    Dapat yung driver napatay din. Eh kaso buhay pa.
    Tuloy ang pagiging wreckless driver nyan!
    Anong pangalan ng driver?

  • isagani_maverick77

    Our deepest condolences to the family and relatives of  Kuya Carlo Pintor and extending condolences to the families of other victims:-( may you all rest in peace… kung anu’t anu man po ang dahilan ng kanilang pagpanaw, nawa’y mabigyan ng kaukulang hustisya upang sa gayon ay may managot sa aksidenteng ito… hindi lang masusing imbestigasyon kundi ang tunay na imbestigasyon ang kailangan…wala ng maibabalik na buhay… ang kailangan lamang ay hindi magningas kugon lahat ng mga hakbangin, upang higit na maiwasan ang mga aksindente sa mga lakbay-aral… walang kinalaman ang lakbay-aral sa usaping ito, marahil ang pagtuunan pansin ay ang kapasidad nga bawat kalsadang daraanan ay ligtas, na ang bawat sasakyan ay tunay na nasa kondisyon, na ang bawat nagmamaneho ay karapat-dapat sa lansangan, na ang bawat batas ay ipinatutupad ng nauukol at naayon sa tunay nitong layunin— kaligtasan, kaligtasan sa bawat aspeto ng salitang nabanggit…. paalam sa lahat at nawa’y hindi lamang mamulat ang mga mata o magbukas ng diwa sa bawat kaisipan…kundi ang pagkilos sa tunay at nakapangyayaring kaligtasan ng bawat isa!

  • DK_San

    DAPAT LAGYAN NG RULES/DIRECTIVES NG DEPED AT CHED ANG LAHAT NG FIELD TRIP NG MGA SCHOOLS! DAPAT YUNG MGA TOUR AND BUS OPERATORS AND DRIVERS ACCREDITED NG DEPED AT NG CHED AT DUMAAN SA MASUSING SCREENING AT EKSAMEN BAGO MANGONTRATA SA MGA ESKWELAHAN. ANG LAYO NG FIELD TRIP BAGUIO PA! ANDYAN ANG LUNETA, MGA MUSEO, MANILA ZOO, BAKIT BAGUIO PA?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K6CMFBSJLXUQNQ3UYYOMDSCY4 Ronnie

      Dapat talagang bususuin ng DepEd, isa pa yang mga school owners pinagkakakitaan nila yang field trip na yan, dapat managot ang school na yan!

    • Guest

      Bakit ka ba nakikialam kung saan sila mag fi field trip?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

      Field trips depends on the specialization of students. Kung ang mga ito ay mga engineering, anong matututunan nila sa Avilon zoo at are Luneta? Haller!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bentequatrosikiel Leikeizze Orelliv

    :-{ SO SAD CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIMS AT THE
    ACCIDENTS  

  • impending_raptor

    Always blame the brakes, magisip-isip naman kayo ng ibang dahilan.

    • Bojo Mojo

       at ang alam na sabihin lagi ay “reckless imprudence resulting to blah blah……”

  • Handiong

    Prayerful sympathies to the victims’ relatives and friends.

    But, why did they have to travel late at night?

  • Joel Barquez

    Seems that nowadays, the line between a class field trip and an excursion is becoming thinner. Usually, class field trips are educational by nature, like the Mind Museum, Avilon Zoo, Fort Santiago, etc. where those trips could be done in just one day. My deep condolences. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

      Or educational field trips may also be at Sto Thomas point in Baguio where most of the sattelites are set up. What do you think?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

    Bakit ang daming sakuna??? Meron talagang nagdala ng malas.. Sino kaya? Abangan….

    • Bojo Mojo

       gma ba?…layo naman ng tanong ko noh?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YUIKHHAZQW5LP5JTNYO6AYCVME Genki

    Imbis na i-ban ang field trip, i-ban ang mga bobo at di sumusunod sa batas na mga motorista.  Walang hiya kasi sa Pilipinas, kahit sino pwede magkaroon ng driving license.  Nanay ko nga hindi marunong mag maneho meron driving license haha.  

  • Galbladder0

    OI.HINDI GALING SAAKIN YANG BUS NA YAN!!

    -juan ponce enrile

  • D L

    When air brakes fail they lock the wheels.

    The most likely cause was overspeeding.

    I hate meeting overspeeding buses on narrow zigzag roads while on outer raduis, the centrifugal force is such the bus may literally hang over your car.

  • patrickinca

    Dapat ssa mga politikong mga mandarambong katulad ng mga taga UNA! Hindi sa mga inosenteng mga bata na ito. :(

  • http://twitter.com/juvyjoy joy capalos-demdam

    so sad to know…. my heart breaks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    to curve the incidence of school “field trips”, wala dapat pirmahan ang mga estudyante na release form absolving the school of liabilities in case of accident. pag walang release form, hindi maglalakas ng loob ang mga school na mag-field trip. i remember about 10 years ago, a multinational company have a team building somewhere in cavite. unfortunately, the bus fell into a cliff and 4 people dead. the company stopped all outside team buildings at that time but i heard that the same company is now having team buildings even as far away as palawan. talk about short memory. 

  • raedjov

    as of latest news, wala palang prangkisa ung bus company na nagmamay-ari nung bus. ang isa pang dapat linawin ay kung bakit  ang inarkilang bus ay galing pa sa region 1 gayong ang daming bus company  or travel agency dito sa southern tagalog na maaring sakyan nung mga estudyante. magkano kaya ang binayad sa field trip na ito ng bawat estudyante? MUKHANG MAY KUMITA SA FIELD TRIP NA ITO. taos pusong pakikiramay po sa mga kamag-anak ng mga nasawi sa trahedyang ito.

  • raedjov

    kung di ako nagkakamali ay mga graduating students ang mga pasahero ng bus na ito, kaya no-choice na din ang mga estudyante at kanilang mga magulang kundi pumayag at mag-ambag sa fieldtrip na ito para maka-graduate ung mga anak nila. ung iba jan ay ipinangutang pa ang ipinamasahe sa death trip na ito. at tiyak na libre ung mga instructors na kasama sa field trip na ito. hay naku mga kababayan. YANO YAN AY…!!!

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    Tip po sa mga pasahero, sa susunod na sa tingin nyo na napakabilis ng takbo ng bus nyo, pagsabihan nyo agad yung driver, dapat lahat kayong nakaupo pagalitan nyo yung nagmamaneho at sabihing di naman kayo nagmamadali, kung mabilis pa rin ang takbo, pahintuin nyo ng pilit, nangyari na yan sa amin, nagalit kami sa driver, zigzag pa naman, kung dipa kami nagalit nun baka madatagal na kaming patay. Wag kayong mahiyang pagalitan yung me hawak ng manibela, buhay nyo nakataya jan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Kung lasing, naka-high o inaantok yung driver, ano gagawin?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    ” Investigators suspect faulty brakes caused the students’ bus to go wayward.–With a report from Radyo Inquirer 990AM ”

    Ano bang klaseng mga bus yan? Dun sa nakaraang news tungkol sa field trip na tumigil din ang bus sa pababang bahagi ng kalsada at may binusisi yung driver sa makina kaso mahina pala ang hand brake, umusadang yung bus at nagulungan yung dalawang estudyante. Hindi man lang nilagyan ng kalso yung goma… Ngayon naman faulty brakes… Bakit hindi naiisip ng operator at driver ng bus ang kaligtasan ng mga pasahero. Kung alam nilang mahina ang brakes dapat hindi na muna inilalabas ng talyer ang bus. Anong klaseng kukote mayron sila? Ikulong pareho ang operator at driver… 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

      The bus might probably came from Marinduque. Not the regular bus routing back and forth to Baguio. Drivers might not be familiar with the road.

  • parefrank

    Public vehicles should be frequently tested, and really tested for anything, from brakes to stop lights and tire profiles. And it is the driver who first realizes when something starts to work not properly anymore. If he still drives, he should be charged with homicide in case of accidents with dead victims..
    Considering the uncountable number of such accdidents, every passenger should have a high accident insurance and his last will left to his family when using a public vehicle, no matter a big bus or just a tricycle.
    With standards like in Europe, there would be no more traffic congestion because most vehicles would be without a permit. But as long as the technical test for a permit is like now, more and more people will die or be injured.
    Like as an example, in Switzerland and many EU countrie seven a private car has by law an accident insurance for  passenger worth millions of pesos so that at least the injured or in case of death his family is financial secured. But in RP, life is not much worth, except of rich or prominent people. And they would anyway not take a bus.

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

     CAREFUL DRIVING AND CAR MAINTENANCE ALWAYS TO AVOID ACCIDENT ON PUBLIC UTILITIES TAKE CARE MUCH OF YOUR PASSENGER AND YOURSELF AND THE PUBLIC AND ON PRIVATE CARS BE CAREFUL IN DRIVING FOR YOUR SELF AND PUBLIC……..

     GOD PROTECT US IN TRAVELLING AND ANYWHERE….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    How can we talk about safety when LTO allowed the buses and public utility vehicles to cover its windows and rear windshields with advertisements?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUBW3P5UYQLSTCQFTPP2EMYHQY Henry Dick

    Dpat alisin na yan FIELD TRIP…… ano ba ang natututunan ng mga bata jan???? pasyalpasyal para makita yun mga di pa nakita???? ngayon, ayan yung nakita nila. ginagawa lang naman negosyo yan ng mga school administrators mapa public man or private. ang masama pa ay pinapipirma ang magulang na gustong sumama sa field trip na kung anuman ang mangyari ay walang pananagutan ang school. sasabihin pa nila na may dagdag na 5% sa grades kapag sumama ang bata sa field trip. marami naman paraan ng pagtuturo para matuto ang mga bata…. kaso, nasa isip ng mga titser ay kumita naman sila sa estudyante nila

  • Anqui

    Tingnan mabuti kung ang bus na ito ay galing sa Cagayan na kabilang sa Imported Used Vehicles.  The Government should require Franchises/Operators of Buses and other vehicles for hire to carry  Liability Insurance  of @ least P500,000 per passenger for local operation, and P1,000,000 per Passenger on Buses for inter-province operation. 

  • Paliwaweng

    `”Investigators suspect faulty brakes caused the students’ bus to go wayward.`”
    This is the most stupid report that almost all traffic accident investigators are giving.

    Hey investigators,  did you ever pondered that no amount of perfect brakes however strong or undefective they are; can work if a car or bus is running at more that 100 km per hour? Especially  when it was on a downward slope.

    STOP THIS STUPID ‘FAULTY BRAKES’ ALIBI.

  • Paliwaweng

    Malamang, nagpasikat at nagyabang ang driver dito dahil may mga sakay na babae.
    Rule of the thumb na ibayong pagiingat at hwag magpatakbo ng mabilis  kapag magmamaneho sa isang lugar na di natin kabisado. 
    Hindi kabisado ng driver ang lugar dahil hindi sya dumadaan dito araw-araw.

    Pagkalabas ng ospital, ibartolina sya ng habang buhay!!

    At sa mga imbestigador, walang gaganang brake, kahit made in germany pa o kahit gaano katibay sa bus na tumatakbo ng mahigit na 100 km bawat oras!!
    Itigil na ninyo ang kaistupiduhan nyo sa pagsasabi ng ‘faulty brakes’.

  • Carlos_Iho

    Lahat dapat ng eskwelahan may health and safety officer.  Sa dami ng tao (estudyante) na sakop ng responsibilidad ng mga eskwelahan, wala man lang kahit isang tao na marunong tumingin sa health and safety.

    Magiging trabaho ng safety officer na siguraduhin na maayos ang lahat ng activities ng mga estudyante.

  • tarikan

    Sino ang nag-decide na bumyahe ng gabi? Isa sa mga faculty siguro kasi alangan namang ang driver ang masunod or tour guides. Biyahe ng gabi sa zigzag road at hindi kabisado ng driver (baka first timer laang sa Baguio) ay formula for disaster. Walang utak yung nag-decide na yun walang kamalay-malay sa safety. Heads should roll!

  • http://Inquirer.net/ AlzheimersC

    No more field trip going to Baguio…did you all know that vehicular accidents is more often than air or  sea rides combined? Or to be exact, vehicular accidents is more deadly than both.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LUHEGTEQVPMLUVGCH64YGZ5QJM Jury

      This is true becoz there are more people, more than 100 times more, are travelling by land than by water or air.. But percentage wise, it is still safest to travel by land, considering all the reckless rivers and treacherous roads oust there.

  • tarikan

    “Investigators suspect faulty brakes caused the students’ bus to go wayward.–With a report from Radyo Inquirer 990AM”. Dapat mga police investigators mag seminar sa kahit kaunting physics subject. It is safe to assume that almost all police officers are not engineering or science grads. Tama yung post ng isa dyan sa baba. Kahit anong tibay ng brakes eh kung over-speeding naman. The more you speed the more distance it is required to stop a vehicle and add a certain percentage for night driving. The more you speed the more that you cannot control your vehicle. Also a defensive driving course for all drivers at least once in every five years. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q3WS7ARALRM43UZU3LVBK3RJCY Lito

    There is only one solution to this problem “STOP” Yes ihinto alisin sa mga program ng mga schools ang activity na ito.  Please DepEd ipag-bawal  sa mga schools ang mga extra activities tulad nito. Ilang buhay pa ba ang dapat mawala dahil dito bago kayo magising?

  • geminimind

    Skilled drivers does not always prove safety driving,a driver must also know the roads he goes thru(road familiarity).If you don’t know the road that well,please be advise to slow down.

  • Paliwaweng

    ‎’di kumagat ang preno sir’, sabi ng driver. Yan anf official report ng imbestigador na dahilan ng aksidente sa Baguio. Istupidong imbestigador.Di ba nila alam na walang gaganang preno sa isang overspeeding na sasakyan?

  • http://Inquirer.net/ AlzheimersC

    Field trip na lang sa mga patag na lugar at hindi masyadong malayo at syempre ingat parati kung mga industrial complex ang pupuntahan nila baka mahagip naman sila ng mga moving objects, hazardous chemicals…marami niyan sa mga factories.

  • Renato_SUPOT_Pacifico

    Investigators suspect faulty brakes
    mga INUTIL kayo, lagi na lang faulty brakes ang dinadahilan kapag aksidente. 
    alam naman natin ang kawalan ng disciplina sa kalye ng mga karamihan, 
    ang kawalan ng bayag ng kapulisan sa pag disciplina sa trafic, 
    at ang kapul-pulan ng investigators na paggamit ng alibi na brake problem.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    Bakit mahilig magspeculate ang ating mga police? Imbestigahan muna bago magsalita!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDW7OIKNWM6CIGBAMRC7G7PDE4 Goyong

    Driver is very skilled. To preserved his own, binangga nya ang pasenger side killing his 7 pasengers.

    There should be constant Hi-way Police Patrol on the lookout for dangerously-parked cars/vehicles along hi-ways with no Early Warning Devices. Major causes too in this type of accidents. Maybe, the patrol is busy somewhere else…..

  • bravia64

    kayong mga nagcoment dito na nagsabi na stupid ung imbistigasyon ay mali kayo lahat, hindi nyo pa cguro nakita ung itsura ng kalsada. Tagabaguio ako at malapit lng kami sa accident area na un, lahat na aksidente dun ay cause ng faulty brakes. Ang dahilan kung bakit maraming naaaksidente sa  sharp curve na un ay ung slope ng kalsada na approximately 30-35 degree. Ito ay more or less than  2km long   mula sa umpisa ng slope hanggang sa lugar ng aksidente, at may mga sign board din sa umpisa at gitna na “CHECK YOUR BRAKES at SHIFT TO LOW GEAR” ang nakasulat. kaya pg binaliwala mo ito ay malapit na malapit ka na sa disgrasya. 
    so warning sa mga lowland drivers na hindi pa kabisado ang long and winding road to baguio, ingat lng sa pgmaneho.

  • i_am_filipino

    NEVER RIDE A BUS AT NIGHT ESPECIALLY ON CLIFF. FIELD TRIP SHOULD ALWAYS BE AT DAY TIME. THE SCHOOLS MUST REALIZE THAT DRIVING AT NIGHT IS A RISKY BECAUSE THE DRIVER IS ALREADY HALF BLIND. CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY. THEY SHOULD SUE THE SCHOOL FOR ALLOWING THE BUS TO RIDE AT NIGHT, RENTING ILLEGAL BUS SERVICE TOO.

  • i_am_filipino

    ALSO A LOT OF ROAD SYSTEM ARE LACKING OF SIGNS, FADING LINES, REFLECTOR, ROUGH ROAD. THE SHOULD WIDEN THE ROAD ESPECIALLY ON CLIFF

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