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THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Western Visayas (LTFRB-6) has put on 30-day suspension 10 Ceres bus units operated by Vallacar Transport Inc. on the Iloilo-Antique route following the tragic accident that killed three people and injured seven in Hamtic, Antique last April 5. LTFRB-6 Regional Director Richard Z. Osmeña said they are now considering the issuance of special permits to other bus companies to cover the route given the expected influx of travelers during the Holy Week holiday. “I am thinking of talking to other bus companies to give them special permits to make augmentation to buses para hindi apektado ang biyahe (so it won’t affect travel),” he said. Meanwhile, LTFRB will be conducting an investigation on the accident. The Ceres bus, with 11 passengers, was heading to Antique from Iloilo when it fell into the 30-meter ravine in Barangay Igbucagay, according to Police Major Adolfo Pagharion, Hamtic municipal police chief. “When we interviewed the driver, he told us that he lost the brake resulting in mechanical failure. But according to some of the passengers, the bus was traversing the road very fast before plunging into the ravine,” Mr. Pagharion said. Vallacar Transit, in a statement, assured full support and immediate assistance to the victims’ families and all the injured passengers. The company also said they would conduct their own investigation and take appropriate actions. The three who died were Evangelyn Chicano, public school teacher Vivien Omanio, and her son Earl Aron, who just graduated from senior high school.