Antipolo bishop offers prayers for 14 students killed in Tanay bus crash

MANILA — Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon has offered prayers to the 14 students that were killed when their bus hit concrete posts in Tanay, Rizal Monday morning.

Photos by Apolinario S. De Roma jr/Northbound Philippines News

Photos by Apolinario S. De Roma jr/Northbound Philippines News

At the same time, the Catholic prelate expressed sympathy to the families of the victims and also offered prayers to the injured passengers of the ill-fated vehicle.

“Lord, welcome into you loving embrace those 15 students killed in the accident, comfort their loved ones, heal those injured,” De Leon said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas.

He added, “Lord, comfort the families of those who died. Heal their hearts & memories of the tragic accident.”

The Antipolo bishop also appealed to bus companies to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition and are safe for travel.

“May owners of all buses inspect their buses before renting them and keep safe all travelers,” De Leon said.

On the other hand, Father Kunegundo Garganta, executive secretary of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines -Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) urged for the review the policies or systems related to the incident.

“I can only think of reviewing the policies or system related to this specific incident that should guarantee the safety and security of all parties (school, families,service providers etc.) involve,” he said.

The Catholic priest also offered prayers to the victims, to those injured and their families.

“We are saddened by the tragic death of those students. Our prayers for the eternal repose of the victims. May the Lord console and heal the grieving families,” he added.

On Monday, at least 15 people died while several others were injured, all students of Best College of the Philippines when the Panda Coach Tourist and Transpo Inc. hit concrete posts along Sitio Bayucal, Barangay Sampaloc,Tanay, Rizal around 8:45 a.m.

The students are on their way to a field training as part of their National Service Training Program (NSTP) subject requirement.