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LTFRB summons Dagupan Bus Co. over Florida bus tragedy

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has summoned the operator of the Dagupan Bus Co. as the firm has been dragged into the row stemming from last week's tragedy where a bus fell into a ravine in Mountain Province, leaving 15 people dead.

In a phone interview with GMA News Online, LTFRB information officer Joel Bolano said the Dagupan Bus Co. will be asked to explain why the chassis and engine number of the bus that fell in a ravine in Bontoc town on Feb, 7 was registered with it.

An earlier report said the LTFRB will probe Dagupan Bus Co. after it found the bus in last week's accident was registered with it.

Earlier findings indicated the ill-fated bus used the license plate of a unit of Mt. Province Cable Tours.

Bolano explained that the Mt. Province Cable Tours may have sold its franchise to the G.V. Florida bus company, however, the "private transaction" was not approved by the LTFRB.

GMA News Online tried to contact the Dagupan Bus Co. but a staff member said their lawyers were not immediately available for comment on the issue.

The LTFRB has preventively suspended for 30 days G.V. Florida Transport following last week's accident where the bus fell into a ravine in Bontoc town.

It has also bared more plans to ensure passenger safety, including making equipment like CCTV systems and speed limiters mandatory within this year. — Amanda Fernandez /LBG, GMA News