Bodies of Cebu bus crash victims set to be flown to Iran Saturday

June 19, 2010 11:48 am 

CEBU CITY, June 19 – The bodies of 20 Iranians killed in last Sunday’s bus accident in Balamban, Cebu will be sent home Saturday, Iranian embassy officials said.

Relatives of the victims are expected to accompany the caskets bearing the bodies that will be flown to Iran from Cebu.

Iranian Ambassador to the Philippines Ali Mojtaba Rouzbhani did not say why the bodies will be flown only on Saturday. Earlier reports indicated that the bodies would be sent home Friday.

Reports said the delay was caused by arrangements on the use of the plane, a Boeing 747, to fly the bodies home.

Rouizbehani arrived at the Cosmopolitan Funeral homes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with three companions to witness the placing of the caskets into crates. The sealing of each crate was done as soon as all papers, including death certificates of each victim, were available.

Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes owner Renato Dynchangco talked with the Iranian officials. He later told reporters that the Iranian officials assured him the embassy would stand as guarantor of the obligations of the victims’ relatives to the funeral company.

Dychangco, however, refused to say how much was owed his company.

Rouzbehani later told reporters that the Iranian government, through its embassy in the country, agreed to settle all the financial obligations.

He begged off from issuing any other official statement, saying they are waiting for the police investigation on the accident.

The Iranians died when the tourist bus they were riding plunged into a ravine off the Transcentral Highway in Barangay Cansumoroy, Balamban town last Sunday.

Police investigators are still determining what caused the accident. (PNA) scs/EB/ad

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