Bus mishap victims’ kin to get aid

By Romina Cabrera and Raymond Catindig

MANILA, Philippines - The families of those who died when an overloaded minibus fell into a deep ravine in Nueva Ecija on Tuesday can each claim P200,000 in passenger insurance. 

Aileen Lizada, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional spokesperson,  said the Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency would release the checks at their office in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya starting today. 

Thirty-three passengers of a Leomarick Trans bus died while 43 others were injured, a list released by the Philippine National Red Cross on Thursday showed.

Lizada said the families of the fatalities should bring the needed documents, including birth certificates, marriage contracts and identification cards, to receive the assistance. 

She said the operator of the ill-fated bus, Leonardo Patulot, promised to shoulder the medical expenses of the injured victims aside from passenger insurance of P20,000 each. 

The LTFRB set a hearing on the accident on May 2.

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