• Don Mariano Bus owner, driver charged

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    AUTHORITIES on Tuesday filed a pile of charges against the owner and driver of the ill-fated Don Mariano Transit Corp. after it was involved in a tragic accident in Skyway that killed 18 people.

    Louie Maralit, head of traffic management security department of the Skyway O&M Corp. said charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to properties were filed against the owner of the bus company and the driver

    He said the charges were filed by the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) before the Parañaque Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday afternoon after it completed gathering testimonies.

    Maralit said the damage to Skyway’s properties estimated to P 75,000.

    Calatcat remains inside the intensive care unit (ICU) of Parañaque Doctors’ Hospital, along with bus passenger Rolando Valleros and seven more injured passengers who were confined in regular rooms.

    Another passenger, identified as Lolita Rances, is also in the ICU of South Superhighway Medical Center.

    Meanwhile a relative of the bus conductor appealed to the public not to pre-judge him saying that he might be just over-fatigued because of the long work hours.

    According to Rosine Padios, who claimed to be the live-in partner of the bus conductor, who was among the fatalities, fatigue could be the cause of the accident.

    She said the conductor and driver had been working long hours even up to 3 a.m. while they are supposed to go off duty for 12 midnight.

    Unidentified bus drivers of Don Mariano Transit Corp. told a radio interview that they work up to 19 hours a day to reach their daily “boundary” of P12,500, so they can have enough money to bring home to their families.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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