November 23, 2014, 12:15 pm
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PNP denies robbing bus accident victims, eyes early bystanders

THE PNP Highway Patrol Group yesterday denied accusations that its personnel robbed some of the victims of the Skyway bus accident last Monday.
 
HPG investigator SPO2 Isidra Dumlao said there were many bystanders who could have taken the belongings of the bus victims before the policemen arrived.
 
She said police even had to reprimand some of the bystanders who climbed into the bus belonging to the Don Mariano Transit Corp. “Hindi namin ma-kontrol nung una dahil siyempre kararating lang naming,” she said.
 
A relative of one of the 18 fatalities in the accident in Parañaque City told a radio interview that the bag of her relative had been opened before it was turned over to them by the HPG. She also said her relative’s watch and wallet were missing.
 
Dumlao said the first responders were Skyway personnel who later turned over recovered items to the HPG.
 
She said the HPG has a list of valuables turned over by Skyway, including phones, bags and watches.
 
The HPG also said three of the fatalities, whose remains are at the Veronica Funeral Homes in Pasay City, remain unidentified.
 
There were 16 injured, including the bus driver who was charged by the HPG Tuesday with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and physical injuries with damage to properties, together with the operator.
 
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has imposed a 30-day suspension on the bus company’s 78 units.
 
Skyway management earlier released a nine-second video from its CCTV footage showing bus driver, Carmelo Calatcat, speeding at 120 kph, before the bus lost control and fell from the Skyway.
 
The LTFRB, in a joint motor vehicle inspection with the Land Transportation Office, said 36 of 42 buses inspected did not pass road worthiness tests. 
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