Iranian embassy to probe Cebu bus accident in Philippines

June 15, 2010

The embassy of Iran in the Philippines will probe the bus accident in Cebu on Sunday that killed over a dozen Iranians, a television report said Monday.

In a report over Unang Hirit, GMA News' Cecille Quibod said Iranian consul Mohammad Tavana has arrived in Cebu to extend assistance to the parents of the Iranians who were killed when the Cattleya tourist bus fell into a 100-foot (30-meter) ravine along a mountain road in Balamban town in Cebu province.
The Department of Tourism has sent representatives to inspect the tourist bus's franchise, but it was discovered that the Filipino driver of the tourist bus who was one of the fatalities owned the company.
The bus is said to have been carrying 66 passengers, most of whom were Iranian medical students and doctors from Gullas College and Cebu Doctors University.
The Iranians were on an educational tour when the accident occurred, the report said.
A separate report by radio dzBB's Cebu affiliate said the fatalities now include 19 Iranians--including three children--and the Filipino driver. One fatality was only one year and eight months old.
More than 20 injured who were found have been brought to a hospital. Police are continuing search-and-retrieval operations for bodies of more victims early Monday. Witnesses said the brakes could have malfunctioned.