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4 hurt in Surigao Norte bus blast

A policeman guarding the blast site in Claver (PNP Caraga photo)

A policeman guarding the blast site in Claver (PNP Caraga photo)

Four people were injured when an explosion of a still unknown origin ripped through a passenger bus in Claver, Surigao del Norte, Wednesday noon, the military said.

Four of the passengers were hit by debris, which dealt them slight wounds, said Major Ezra Balagtey, public affairs officer of the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command.

Superintendent Martin Gamba, Caraga regional police spokesman, said in a separate statement that only two people, identified as restaurant crew Maximiana Mamba and bus passenger Evelyn Romero, were hurt.

The explosion occurred in Purok 4, Brgy. Hayanggabon, around 11:20 a.m.

A Bachelor bus (LYH-790) headed for Tandag City was parked beside restaurant in that area as some passengers were about to take their lunch, Balagtey said.

The passengers evacuated the bus upon noticing fumes inside, then the explosion occurred, he said.

All people on the bus that exploded had already alighted before the incident, Gamba said.

Romero was a passenger of another bus that was beside the one that exploded, he added.

Local police are trying to determine if the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device or a mining chemical precursor, Balagtey said. (John Roson)

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A 28-year-old woman was arrested for transporting P550,000 worth of marijuana bricks on a passenger bus in Tabuk City, Kalinga, police said Saturday.

Merlyn Guimba, a native of Tinglayan, was arrested around 6 a.m. Thursday when the bus she was riding passed through a checkpoint in Sitio Talaka, Brgy. Agbannawang, Cordillera regional police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong said.

Operatives at the checkpoint siezed from Guimba 22 bricks of dried marijuana weighing about one kilogram each, Magalong said.

Investigators have yet to determine who the contraband was intended for, but the bus was headed for Baguio City, he said. (John Roson)

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Thirty-one people were injured when the passenger bus they were riding fall into a ravine in General Luna, Quezon, Wednesday afternoon.

Those injured, including bus driver Ricardo Mingcay and his conductor, were brought to the Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital in Catanauan, PO2 Archival Almonte, investigator at the General Luna Police, said.

The incident occurred around 4:20 p.m. while Mingcay was driving the RR bus (DWX-972) along the Bondoc Peninsula National Highway in Brgy. Bacong Ilaya.

Mingcay allegedly lost control when a suspension spring at the bus’ front broke, causing the vehicle to fall into the 10-feet ravine.

Mingcay was placed under arrest at the hospital, Almonte said. (John Roson)

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Two people were killed while four others were injured when a passenger bus and a cargo truck collided head-on in Talisay, Camarines Norte, police confirmed Thursday.

Superintendent Renato Bataller, Bicol regional police spokesman, identified the fatalities as DLTB bus driver Edgardo Roll, 42, and a certain Eman, a truck helper.

Bus passengers Fernando Ramores, 31; Mark James Fulgencia, 8; Jesse Emmanuel Salazar, 20; and Edison Sevilla, 17, another truck helper, were brought to the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital due to injuries on the different parts of the body, Bataller said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Marjon de Jesus was driving the Fuso Canter truck (CSV-811), which was loaded with steel bars, along the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Itomang.

“Medyo mabilis ang takbo niya (De Jesus) at pagdating doon sa lugar na pinangyarihan, sumampa po itong trak dun sa mga nakatambak na mga sako ng graba at buhangin dun sa ginagawang kalsada,” Bataller said.

Due to the impact, De Jesus lost control of the truck which then swerved to the opposite lane, where it smashed into the incoming bus.

De Jesus is presently detained at the Talisay Police Station while charges are being prepared against him, Bataller said. (John Roson)

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Four people were killed while seven others were injured when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided head-on with a ro-ro bus in Tagkawayan, Quezon, Wednesday night, police reported.

Killed on the spot were the SUV’s driver, Arnel Repol, 37, of Hongkong Village, Cabuyao, Laguna; and his passengers Arriane Repol, 21; Harold Repol, 15; and a still unidentified female, who was also riding the SUV, PO2 Nestor Lantin, investigator at the Tagkawayan Police, said in his report.

Bus passengers Lucita Favor, 59; Tristan Jay Salvacion, 21; Ana Saldevar, 42; Kathleen Cate Agarao, 22; Kim Carl Roxas, 5; Rose Marie Amante, 45; and Violenia Suroten, 55; were all injured and brought to the Tagkawayan District Hospital, Lantin said.

The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. while Repol was maneuvering his Ford Everest (ZAH-229) through a descending curve along the Quirino Highway, Brgy. San Francisco, en route to Metro Manila.

While overtaking another vehicle, the Ford Everest occupied the opposite lane and collided with the incoming Ro-Ro bus (TXV-921), which was being then being driven by Rainer Mabuti towards the Bicol region, Lantin said.

Mabuti is presently detained at the Tagkawayan Police Station while appropriate charges are being prepared. (John Roson)

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Twenty people, including several students, were injured when the bus they were riding fell into a ravine in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, Saturday morning, police said.

Nineteen passengers, with ages ranging from 15 to 26, were brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center for treatment, Insp. Varie Villanobos, Don Salvador Benedicto Police chief said.

Most of the passengers are residents of Cebu City who were fetched from San Carlos City and headed for the Mambukal Resort in Murcia for a summer youth camp or “retreat.”

“Nineteen sila lahat na dinala sa ospital, walo ‘yung seriously injured pero safe na,” Villanobos said in a phone interview.

Aside from the 19, bus driver Francis Ledesma suffered slight injuries and is now detained at the Don Salvador Benedicto Police Station while undergoing investigation.

The incident occurred around 11:15 a.m., while Ledesma was driving the bus owned by the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Victorias City through the mountainous area of Purok Talus, Brgy. Igmaya-An.

“Descending ‘yung kalsada at paglapit niya sa blind curve ay nawalan daw ng preno kaya dumiretso sa bangin. Bangin yung gilid ng kalsadang ito, nahulog ‘yung bus sa bangin na more or less 15 meters ang lalim,” Villanobos said. (John Roson)

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A woman and her young son were killed while 26 other people were injured when the ro-ro bus they were riding fell into a canal along the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star) Tollway in San Jose, Batangas, Wednesday.

Chief Insp. Pedro Macaraig, San Jose Police chief, identified the fatalities as Rita Mapacpac, 27, and her son Elijah Emmanuel, 2, both residents og Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.

Twenty-six people were brought to the Mediatrix Medical Center and San Jose District Hospital due to injuries on the different parts the body, Macaraig said in a text message.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m., while the ro-ro bus (UVT-990) was passing through Km. 87 of the highway in Brgy. Aya.

Authorities have yet to determine the identity and whereabouts of the driver, who immediately escaped after the incident, Macaraig said. (John Roson)

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A pregnant woman and a young boy got killed while 23 other people were injured when the passenger mini-bus they were riding fell into a ravine in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, Tuesday noon, police said.

Rochelle Lagahit, who was seven months pregnant, and a still unidentified 8-year-old boy died on the spot, Supt. Antonieto Cañete, Himamaylan City Police chief, said.

Twenty-one other passengers and the conductor were brought to a local hospital while bus driver Benjie Himalaya, 35, was transferred to a medical facility in Bacolod City due to severe injuries, Cañete said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred in Brgy. Caradio-an around 12:20 p.m., while Himalaya was driving the MGM Bus Liner (FWP-173) to Bacolod, Cañete said.

The bus was about to cross a bridge, but went straight to the outermost lane instead of the bridge’s lane until it “nosedived” into the 20-feet ravine, the police official said.

“Sabi niya (Himalaya) may nakita siyang kulay puti na dumaan kaya doon siya napatingin at di nakapag-drive ng maayos. Pero sa tingin ko nakaidlip siya, kasi very straight naman ‘yung kalsada,” Cañete said. (John Roson)

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Bomb found inside bus in Gensan

Authorities found an improvised bomb inside a passenger bus in General Santos City late Friday afternoon, police said Saturday.

The bomb, composed of two rocket-propelled grenade tubes, a bottle of black granules, an improvised blasting cap, a 9-volt battery, a fuse holder, and switches, was found inside a Husky bus (LBX-662), Soccsksargen regional police spokesman Supt. Resty Damaso said.

Members of the 12th Regional Intelligence Division, General Santos City Police, and PNP Special Action Force intercepted the bus, which came from Cotabato City, in front of the Iglesia Ni Cristo church along the National Highway in Brgy. Apopong around 4 p.m.

“Nakasagap kasi tayo ng intelligence report na may sumakay sa Tupi (in South Cotabato) na lalaki na kahina-hinala, so nag-checkpoint na dito sa Gensan,” Damaso said.

Authorities are still trying to identify the man with the help of other passengers.

“Mga half a kilometer palang after sumakay bumaba na daw ‘yung lalaki kaya may concerned citizen na tumawag sa intel operatives natin. Buti naagapan,” Damaso said. (John Roson)

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2 dead as bus falls of Skyway

(UPDATE) Two people got killed while two others were injured when the passenger bus they were riding fell off the Skyway portion in Paranaque City on Tuesday morning amid heavy rains, police said.

The four, including bus the driver, were brought to the Paranaque Medical Center, Chief Insp. Jenny Tecson, spokesperson of Metro Manila’s Southern Police District, said in a text message.

The driver and a passenger, however, expired, she said.

A Dimple Star Transit bus (body number 7511) fell from the elevated expressway’s southbound lane and landed in front of Schinkin Company along the West Service Road in Brgy. Marcelo Green, Tecson said. (John Roson)

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