News Release

From the Presidential Spokesperson – On the Dimple Star bus crash

We are concerned with the safety of the commuting public especially with the anticipated exodus of travelers this Lenten season; thus, the President has directed transport officials to ensure the safety of Filipinos traveling to the provinces during his visit to Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, where he personally expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims and checked the injured of the bus crash.

The President gave P20,000 to each family of the deceased and P10,000 plus cellphone for every injured.

The President likewise ordered the cancellation of the franchise of Dimple Star. In this regard, there will be a scheduled hearing on April 18, where the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will initiate the processing of the cancellation. For the time being, the LTFRB has issued a 30-day preventive suspension order covering the entire fleet of Dimple Star, which consists 118 bus units.

Per the LTFRB, starting Monday, March 26, the families of those who died would directly be receiving P200,000 while those injured will receive P20,000 from the Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency (PAMI).