D' Liner Bus Bound for Casiguran Fell Off a Cliff in Pantabangan

A news started spreading via SMS this morning that a D’Liner fell of a cliff in Pantabangan. There’s still few details but it is now confirmed that the bus was indeed a D’ Liner bus en route to Casiguran via Baler. It was reported that bus #588, the last trip for Casiguran, fell off a 25-meter ravine this morning when the breaks failed while managing a sharp and descending horseshoe turn along the Pantabangan road to Aurora. 9 passengers were reportedly killed and several others were injured. It is a common knowledge in Aurora that D’Liner bus drivers drives like the car drivers from The Fast and the Furious. On January 2006, a D’Liner bus figured in an accident along the Ditailen highway when it hit a crossing tricycle and rolled off the road.

The news is already on the net: from inquirer breaking news:

At least nine people were killed and several others were hurt when a bus fell off a ravine in Nueva Ecija Friday, police said.

The D-Liner bus bound for Casiguran, Aurora plunged into a ravine along the village of Malbang, in the town of Pantabangan around 10:30 a.m., said Chief Superintendent Errol Pan, Central Luzon police chief.

Two of the casualties were identified as Rudy Ronquillo and James Santiago, said Pan.

The bus driver, Peter Bulingit, had been rushed to a nearby hospital, he added.

And from abs-cbnnews online:

Nine people were reported killed after a passenger bus plunged into a 25-meter ravine along the Pantabangan-Baler Road in Nueva Ecija province Friday morning.

Senior Inspector Reyolito Barcelo of the Nueva Ecija police said the driver, Peter Balingit, lost control of the bus after its breaks failed while traveling along the Pantabangan-Baler Road at past 10 a.m.

Barcelo said the bus plunged into the ravine killing nine people and injuring several others. The injured victims, including the bus driver, were rushed to different hospitals in Cabanatuan City.

The police officer said Barcelo (sic) may be slapped with charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and physical injuries.

Stay tuned for updates.

Baler, Aurora Book Excerpts Online @ Aurora.ph

A rather long excerpts from the book Baler, Aurora published by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara is available at the aurora.ph website.

Notable read is Baler and it’s People by Mrs. Ilovita Mesina, which accounts the lineage of the current residents of Baler (70% migrants) and ends with a nostalgic longing for the Baler of old:

The onset of urbanization and technology and the fast-growing population of Baler have marred the tranquil and unhurried existence of the Balerenos. Vehicular noise replaced the sound of crickets and the night birds. Kaingeros populate the forests and do damage to the environment. Catch from the sea have become minimal. Fishermen have to venture far into the ocean to haul fish in commercial quantities. Quezon’s dream town has disappeared.

Nevertheless, Aurora is still magnificent at sunrise and during sunset. Twilight is still a joy to behold. There are still places where one can commune with nature, there the rustling wind is still music to one’s ears, the cascading waterfalls energize the mind and the spirit, and the verdant rice fields give one a feeling of security and stability.

Also, don’t miss The Siege of Baler: Versions and Contradictions by Jose Maria A. Cariño and Baler During The American Period: The Reign Of Quezon by Manuel L. Quezon III