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‘Killer bus’ operator suspended 6 months

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DRIVERS of GV Florida Transport Inc. wait at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for the thorough inspection of their bus units following a deadly accident in Bontoc town, Mt. Province, involving a GV Florida bus. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday ordered the six-month suspension of bus operator GV Florida, which operated the unit that fell into a ravine in Bontoc town in Mt. Province last month, killing 15 people and injuring dozens of others.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Florida bus crash survivor: ‘I smelled something odd… bus suddenly went wayward’

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The driver of the GV Florida Transport bus that fell off a cliff and killed 15 people in Bontoc, Mt. Province, on Feb. 7 may have been speeding, according to a government forensic team.  RICHARD BALONGLONG

He promised to go back to Bontoc after his recovery. Dino Dimar, 25, one of the survivors of the wayward Florida bus that fell into a ravine in Bontoc town, Mt. Province and killed 15 people last Feb. 7 made this vow during an interview with INQUIRER.net at his hospital bedside.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Florida’s hits, misses along road to success

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Since the past decade, the pink buses of GV Florida Transport Inc., with their distinct floral body marks, have been busy carrying passengers to and from Metro Manila and three regions in northern Luzon: Cagayan Valley, the Ilocos and the Cordillera.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Tado’s death ‘will of God’

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Jose Jimenez, the father of comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez, does not feel any anger toward the driver of the bus that fell into a ravine in Mountain Province, leaving his son and 13 others dead.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Kin of bus crash victims still await help from Florida Transport

This unit of the GV Florida Transport Inc fell off a ravine on the morning of Feb. 7, 2014, landing at a small farm in Barangay (village)Talubin, Bontoc town in Mt. Province. The bus came from Manila. The accident killed 14 people, including 2 foreigners and comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez whose remains were driven back to Manila on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/Inquirer Northern Luzon

The G.V. Florida Transport which owned the bus that plunged into a ravine in Bontoc, Mountain Province last week has not yet tried to reach out to the families of the dead victims, or at least to one of those killed.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Father hugged me. I was saved – Florida bus crash survivor

This unit of the GV Florida Transport Inc fell off a ravine on the morning of Feb. 7, 2014, landing at a small farm in Barangay (village)Talubin, Bontoc town in Mt. Province. The bus came from Manila. The accident killed 14 people, including 2 foreigners and comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez whose remains were driven back to Manila on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Father hugged me. I was saved. That was the account of Amian Sicam, son of artist David Sicam, as he recalled the moment when the wayward Florida Transport bus they were riding fell into a ravine in Bontoc, Mountain Province last Friday.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

AFP to pay tribute to artist Sicam

Photo by Gareth Likigan

One of the lead artists of Camp Aguinaldo’s famous painted walls was among those killed in the bus accident in Bontoc last week.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

2 bus firms tagged in mishap suspended

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This unit of the GV Florida Transport Inc fell off a ravine on the morning of Feb. 7, 2014, landing at a small farm in Barangay (village)Talubin, Bontoc town in Mt. Province. The bus came from Manila. The accident killed 14 people, including 2 foreigners and comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez whose remains were driven back to Manila on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Two bus companies, including the operator of the bus that fell into a ravine in Mt. Province last Tuesday, killing 14 people including comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez, have been suspended by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Comedian Tado Jimenez, 2 foreigners among 14 dead in Bontoc bus plunge

A passenger bus bound for Bontoc, the capital town of Mt. Province, fell into a 500 meter deep ravine at 7:20 a.m., killing 14 people, among them a dutch woman and a Canadian man. Police said the bus crashed onto a rice field, killing 9 people at the impact site. The rest of the fatalities died while receiving treatment at a local hospital. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY THE BONTOC POLICE OFFICE

Fourteen people, among them local comedian Tado Jimenez, a Dutch woman and a Canadian man, were killed when a bus fell into a 500-meter-deep ravine on the outskirts of Bontoc, capital of Mountain Province, Friday morning, police said.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Cops arrest ‘Snow White, 7 dwarves’

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“Snow White” and the “seven dwarves” ended up behind bars just shortly after midnight Tuesday after the leader of the robbery group, whom the police arrested earlier, confessed that they were plotting to rob a pawnshop in Quezon City.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Search operations continue for missing tourist in Mt. Province cave

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Search operations continued on Monday for a female local tourist, who remained missing after she and other Japanese tourists were trapped inside the Sumaguing Cave in Mountain Province Sunday afternoon, police said.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Mt. Province town defies SC order to close dump near river

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said a Mt. Province town ordered by the Supreme Court to improve its waste facility has failed to heed the order and continues to dump garbage near Chico River.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Binay condemns ‘treacherous attack’ on police trainees

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay condemned on Friday an early morning ambush on a group of Philippine National Police trainees in Mt. Province, which he described as a “treacherous attack.”

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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