- Mother of driver who figured in deadly bus crash apologized to victims’ families
- She asks for forgiveness, said she’s also hurting
- AAP said human error, not magnetic fields, caused accident
MANILA, Philippines – The mother of Julian Lacorda, the driver who was killed along with 14 college students in the deadly bus crash in Tanay, Rizal, apologized for the incident and asked forgiveness from the victims’ families
“Mahingi ako ng patawad sir kasi lahat kami nasaktan. Maraming mga magulang na nasaktan, pare-pareho lang kami sir, nasaktan din ako,” Berna Lacorda told GMA News.
[I would like to ask for forgiveness because all of us were hurt. Many parents were hurt, but we’re all the same, I’m also hurting.]
Lacorda, who left behind seven children, was reported as having worked for the company Panda Coach Tours and Transport, Inc. which owns the bus for only three months before the accident.
He was recovered from the wreckage critically injured and died while being treated at the hospital.
His remains will be brought to his hometown in Surigao province.
The accident has resulted in the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education imposing a moratorium on all field trips.
Families of the victims are also mulling the filing of charges against Panda and Bestlink College of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, former Land Transportation Office chairman Alberto Suansing denied the claim that a magnetic field in the area may have led to the mishap.
Suansing, who is also a member of the Automobile Association of the Philippines, pointed to human error as the likely culprit and said that if the magnetic field claim was true, then there would be more accidents in that area.
“If that was true, then there should be accidents there everyday. That’s just unbelievable,” he said.