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LTFRB lifts Joanna Jesh Bus suspension

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:09:00 11/10/2008

Filed Under: Transport, Road Transport, Punishment, Laws

MANILA, Philippines -- Days before the end of the 30-day suspension imposed on buses of Joanna Jesh Bus, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) granted the bus company?s petition to lift the suspension, an official said on Monday.

In a phone interview, Manny Mahipus, LTFRB executive director, said the Board lifted on Friday the preventive suspension on 30 Joanna Jesh buses following the accident along EDSA that killed a doctor last October 20.

Mahipus said the decision was made after drivers and operators of the bus company underwent re-training and drug testing its buses tried for road worthiness.

But Mahipus was quick to add that Joanna Jesh still faced possible administrative liabilities, as the next hearing was set December.

?Hindi pa sila lusot sa liabilities [They are still not absolved of liabilities]. We are just considerable enough for the humanitarian side. Nagbigay lang tayo ng [We just gave] immediate relief para sa mga [for the] drivers and operators,? Mahipus said.

He also said that it would be up to the family of the victims to still file civil and criminal charges against Joanna Jesh.

Meanwhile, the 30-day suspension of Fermina buses following the accident last November 1 along the North Luzon Expressway will stay, Mahipus said.

The LTFRB set the hearing for the Fermina buses on Tuesday.



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