Accident Juliema Javarro (left) with Flor, the mother of Ronie Javarro, and the family of Nemia Pacino (standing).*

Ceres bus driver freed
but he may be sacked

The driver of a Ceres Liner bus that figured in a collision with another bus, who was detained at the EB Magalona police jail, was freed yesterday after the 36-hour reglamentary period of detention had lapsed, police said.

But Leo Siocon, who has been employed by the Vallacar Transit Inc. as bus driver for five years, may be sacked after VTI completes its independent probe, Jade Seballos, the firm's media and legal affairs chief, yesterday said.

The vehicular accident on Wednesday at the national highway of Brgy. Santo Niño in EB Magalona, claimed the lives of four passengers, while the number of injured victims rose to 47, as of the latest count of VTI. moremoremore

Victims left with
shattered dreams

The road accident involving two Ceres Liner buses of Vallacar Transit Inc. at the highway of Brgy. Santo Niño in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, that left four passengers dead and 47 injured Wednesday, also left painful memories and shattered dreams.

The common-law wife of one of the fatalities, Ronie Javarro, 25, a fare collector of a Ceres bus bound for Bacolod, said she did not expect this would happen to him.

Juliema Javarro, 19, said the house Ronie promised to build in Victorias City for her and their one-year-old daughter, Abie, will never materialize since he is gone, she said.moremoremore


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600 personnel, vessels
to secure APEC in Cebu

CEBU CITY – A maritime security unit will deploy some 600 personnel and several vessels to secure the venue and delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit ministerial meetings in Cebu starting next month.

Some 3,200 delegates are expected to arrive in Cebu to attend the senior ministerial meetings, a government press release said.

The Interagency Maritime Security Task Unit is headed by Commodore Enrico Evangelista, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard, who said the maritime security unit is composed of personnel from the PCG 7, Naval Forces Central, Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, Cebu Port Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, PCG Auxiliary and the Federation of Volunteers through Radio Communication Inc. moremoremore