Ousted Vallacar president focuses on Mansilingan office
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Operations at the Bacolod South Terminal normalized as of early yesterday morning, after Leo Rey Yanson, the former president of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), parent company of the Ceres bus liner, managed to take full control of the facility.
VTI Legal and Media Relations Manager Jade Seballos said, as part of the resumption of trips, they would be providing free rides for the riding public from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and a 50 percent discount on fares from 12:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. today.
Seballos also forwarded an apology from VTI matriarch Olivia Yanson, who insisted she did not want bus operations halted.
Despite the resumption of trips, delays were reported due to a lack of drivers and conductors. Leo Rey Yanson’s camp also accused VTI President Roy Yanson’s group of taking the keys of several buses and rendering them unusable.
Several southbound buses were reportedly spotted inside the Dynamic Builders Inc. compound in Barangay Alijis, which is owned by Ricky Yanson.
Earlier, trips at the south terminal were suspended after acting Philippine National Police-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (PNP-SOSIA) chief, Police Colonel Michael John Dubria, reinstated the AGNSA security firm at the transit hub.
The security firm was previously ejected and replaced by AY-76 Security Specialist Inc. after Roy Yanson assumed the presidency of the transit company. According to Dubria, the firm was not in compliance with PNP-SOSIA provisions.
As the reinstated security firm gained control of 90 percent of the complex, the company president, along with his sister, Celina Yanson-Lopez, and their supporters, retreated to the rear of the administration building. The building was later cut off from electricity, water, and food as Yanson-Lopez later suspended operations.
As of press time, police and the ousted company president’s camp have turned their attention to VTI’s main office in Barangay Mansilingan, where four of the Yanson siblings and their supporters are currently holding out./DGB, WDJ