After fatal SCTEX crash, LTFRB suspends Jumbo Transport bus franchise

Aika Rey
(UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issues a preventive suspension order that covers 10 units under Jumbo Transport's franchise

FATAL. A tourist bus crashes into an 18-wheeler trailer truck along SCTEX, killing 5 people. Photo courtesy of Jerome Quismundo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A tourist bus bound for Baguio City collided with an 18-wheeler truck early Thursday morning, January 31, along Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), killing 5 people and injuring 49 others.

According to a police report, the crash happened around 5:10 am when a fast-moving Jumbo Transport passenger bus driven by Michael Sancajo crashed into the rear portion of a Foton tractor. The crash happened at the SCTEX portion of Concepcion, Tarlac.

The bus passengers were barangay officials and staff from Naic in Cavite, reportedly bound for Baguio for the municipal government’s team-building and seminar.

Late Thursday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it would issue a preventive suspension order against Jumbo Transport.

On Sunday, February 3, the LTFRB released the text of the suspension order dated Friday, February 1.

Jumbo Transport’s franchise will be suspended not more than 30 days after the receipt of the order.

The buses’ plates must be surrendered to the LTFRB on February 11.

LTFRB also issued a show-cause order, requiring the operator to appear before the board on February 12 to explain why their franchise should not be revoked.

Jumbo Transport has 10 units under its tourist bus franchise, which is supposed to expire on December 10, 2021. Its franchise was approved on July 5, 2016, with an approved route to any point of Luzon from Las Piñas City.

The LTFRB said the insurance company has already released P400,000 to assist the victims, pending verification of all claims. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.