[Statement] Reaction of Families of the Casualties and Survivors of the Florida Bus Crash to LTFRB complying with the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) ordering the Board to lift the suspension order on G.V. Florida’s fleet of 186 units.

PRESS STATEMENT

Reaction of Families of the Casualties and Survivors of the Florida Bus Crash to LTFRB complying with the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) ordering the Board to lift the suspension order on G.V. Florida’s fleet of 186 units.

For us ordinary, non-lawyer Filipinos, the operation of GV Florida was suspended because of irregularities in their practices (changing of plates, operating without proper authority), poor maintenance of their buses, and because they are the ones responsible for the death of our loved ones, and the injuries and trauma that we, survivors, still suffer from.

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What would make us okay with the lifting of the suspension is if we know that their buses are safe and that all victims have received reparations for their losses.

However, almost 6 months after the bus crash, there are still victims who have not heard from the management of GV Florida.

We, survivors and family of the casualties, are already on our road recovery from our loses, but the sudden lifting of the suspension by the Court of Appeals and with us not seeing any reform on the part of GV Florida angers us, it frustrates us, it brings back all the hurt that we felt.  It makes us feel like our lives do not matter; like lives do not matter.

We strongly urge the LTFRB to file a motion for reconsideration and appeal to the highest court.

We do not believe that the suspension was “a gross and blatant violation of administrative due process.”  And how can there be an “absolute absence of a violation or wrong committed”, when people lost their lives because of GV Florida’s negligence.

We hold the government offices in charge of transportation especially the LTFRB to be accountable in ensuring that that transportation laws and policies are respected, complied and upheld, that road safety is the utmost priority.

We extend our hand in helping the LTFRB in ensuring that transport companies adhere to road safety and follow transportation laws and policies as well as in educating the public in remaining vigilant in their rights as commuters and citizens.

We challenge GV Florida to prove that that their buses are safe, their drivers are well trained and to be sincere in their proclamations to aid and settle their obligations to all victims of the bus crash.

We will remain watchful and vigilant in our call for justice and reforms in the Philippine Transport System.

We will never forget the 15 people who died who were with us in that bus to Bontoc. We pay homage to their lives by pursuing this struggle for reforms in the transport system.

We will not be cowed by harassment and threats to our efforts to enlighten the Filipino public.  Public transport is public trust.

The tragedy will remain senseless to us, families of victims and survivors, unless genuine reforms are instituted in our transport system.

While we wait with much hope that the highest court of our land will uphold justice, we will not stop in intensifying our efforts to remind the government, the transport service providers and the Filipino riding public that we do not want what happened to us to happen to them or to their loved ones, that we all have to do our share to make public transportation safe.

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