Owner of bus firm in Mindoro crash vows to cooperate in probe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) —  The owner of the Dimple Star bus that crashed in Occidental Mindoro has presented himself to the police and vowed to cooperate in the investigation.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Director Roel Obusan confirmed this on Friday.

"Ako ay nagpapasalamat dahil voluntary silang pumunta dito sa CIDG at nang sa gayon ay napaka-aga natin masisimulan ang dapat natin gagawin para ikakatuwa ng mga nasaktan lalo na ng pamilya ng 19 na namatay,” he said.

[Translation: I’m thankful they voluntarily went to the CIDG so that we could start proceedings earlier for those who were injured and the families of the 19 people who died.]

The owner, Hilbert Napat, and his wife Nilda went to the police the same day President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the operators of the Dimple Star bus arrested.

READ: Duterte orders arrest of bus operator in Occidental Mindoro crash

The Dimple Star bus fell into a cliff ‪Tuesday night‬. The crash killed 19 people and injured 21 others.

Speaking to media, Nilda Napat, said they surrendered to coordinate with authorities, and will cooperate in any investigation.

Makipag coordinate po, kooperasyon sa anumang imbestigasyon, makipag cooperate kami para masabi namin na sincere kami, ipakita namin sincere kami na tumulong sa mga nabiktima, sa namatayan, hindi namin sila pababayaan,” Nilda said.

[Translation: We’re here to coordinate, cooperate with any investigation. We’re cooperating to show we are sincere, we want to show we’re sincere in helping the victims and those whose family members died. We won’t leave them hanging.]

She added, they are condoling with the families of those killed in the crash.

Taos puso po kaming nakikiramay sa mga nasaktan. Nandito lang po kami open po kaming tumulong,” she said.

[Translation: We are condoling with the victims. We’re here and we’re open to helping.]

Obusan said they will decide if they need to hold the owner, or will allow him to return home.

Mamaya magkakaroon kami ng usapan, pag usapan yung mga facts, circumstances na pwede nilang madadala or dala na nila ngayon. Alam naman ninyo yung pagreport nila dito para ipakita na voluntary pagpunta dito at cooperative sila pagpunta rito para maimbestigahan.”

[Translation: We’ll talk about the facts, circumstances later. You know they showed they're willing to cooperate with investigations when they went here voluntarily.]

Ang masasabi ko lang ang CIDG ay magtatrabaho at tapusin kaagad ito nang sa gayon yung mga nasaktan at namatayan ay mabigyan natin ng pansin at kaagarang lunas ang kanilang pagdadalamhati,” he added.

[Translation: All I can say is the CIDG will work to resolve this so that the victims’ needs will be addressed and to help ease their grief.]

Earlier today, transport regulators suspended the entire fleet of Dimple Star due to a number of violations and crashes.

Dimple Star is required to  surrender the license plates of all its 118 buses by ‪March 26th.‬

CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles contributed to this story.