By Ron B. Lopez | Manila Bulletin
Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is calling for a senate probe over the recent major vehicular accident that killed 18 bus riders.
Marcos filed Senate Resolution No. 334 that seeks an investigation into the enforcement of the legislative policy embodied in the Civil Code (R.A. No. 386) which requires common carriers to observe extraordinary diligence in the carriage and transport of passengers and goods.
According to the resolution, the recent vehicular accidents should not be ignored by the authorities as these have “threatened, injured or claimed the lives of many innocent passengers and bystanders, and damaged and destroyed valuable properties, including public infrastructures,” it said.
The resolution, which was earlier filed on Nov. 5, 2013, has gained momentum following the death of at least 18 people when a Don Mariano bus they were riding fell off the Skyway and crushed a van on the ground on December 18.
The Don Mariano accident preceded tragic accidents along Maharlika Highway in Atimonan, Quezon in October this year which killed 20 people and left over 50 injured after eight vehicle smashup.
The Senate Inquiry will specifically ask the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Interior and Local Govemment (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on the status of implementation and enforcement of traffic and transportation laws. It will also ask concerned agencies to inform the Senate about the statistics on the occurrences of accidents “involving common carriers and their peculiar causes and attendant circumstances,” the resolution said.
“What is unfortunate is that this kind of senseless death could have been avoided by proper implementation of, or compliance with, basic traffic and transport safety rules,” Marcos said.
He said that there is an “imperative need” for both Congress “to check on the status of implementation and enforcement of said legislative rule and policy to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the Philippine government in confronting and addressing the matter of safety and security in our public transport system, roadways, pedestrian lanes, and other related infrastructures,” Marcos said.