By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Around 3,000 employees of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), parent company of the Ceres Bus Liner, gathered yesterday in a show of support for Leo Rey Yanson, who was recently ousted as company president by his older brother, Roy Yanson.
The workers also expressed support for family matriarch Olivia Yanson.
The former VTI chief credited himself and his mother for the company’s workforce growing to 18,000, along with the acquisition of 4,000 buses.
Prior to the incident, Yanson said he suggested a coin toss to determine management over the company’s Visayas and Mindanao operations, but the offer was refused.
He called his brother’s actions “illegal” and earlier issued a memo claiming employees of their Barangay Mansilingan office were “coerced, intimidated, threatened, and illegally detained.” He pointed out, such actions, which he believes violated the workers’ civil liberties, caused them stress, along with psychological and emotional pain.
As a result, Leo Rey Yanson gave the affected employees the day off yesterday. However, a worker revealed messages from Roy Yanson’s camp ordering them back to work or they will be “dealt [with] accordingly;” which the younger Yanson’s supporters characterized as “clear intimidation.”
Earlier, Atty. Sheila Sison sent a press statement to members of the media last Sunday announcing Roy Yanson’s appointment as company president. The statement claimed a special board meeting was held to appoint a new president and replace corporate officers expected to work with the new administration.
Despite the younger Yanson calling the meeting “illegal,” the elder Yanson’s lawyers said his appointment as president was compliant with procedure and cited a loss of trust and confidence as the reason why the previous head was “voted out.”/DGB, WDJ