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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Two Yanson sisters, employees
denied entry to VTI headquarters


The Vallacar Transit Inc (VTI) headquarters in Purok Himaya, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, remains off limits to its employees, four days after its control was regained by Leo Rey Yanson, who was ousted as president of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies by his four siblings.

Maria Lourdes Celina Yanson Lopez and her sister, Emily, along with other employees yesterday tried to report for work at the VTI headquarters.

But Celina who serves as chief finance officer and Emily who is corporate secretary of the bus company, said yesterday that they were denied entry, upon orders of their brother, Leo Rey, without any justifiable cause.

Celina, Emily and their brothers, Ricardo Jr. and Roy ousted Leo Rey as YGBC president, of which VTI is a subsidiary, in a special board meeting and took over the headquarters on July 7.

Leo Rey has refused to step down calling his ouster illegal.

Gerry Llena, counsel of Leo Rey, his sister Ginnette and mother Olivia Yanson, yesterday said that there was an instruction from Leo Rey, YGBC president, not to allow employees entry, for their own safety.

Llena revealed that they received an “intelligence report” that there might be “surprises” inside the 16-hectare VTI premises, referring to alleged “booby traps”.

He cited the recovery of several Molotov bombs and improvised deadly weapons, when his client took over control of VTI headquarters, through the help of the police, who also re-installed the Armored Guards Negros Security at the VTI Bacolod Southern Branch terminal.

If we allow them to enter, the safety of workers may be compromised, Llena said.

He added that it will take time to sweep the entire area for physical control, stressing also that they are now in the process of reconstructing and reconciling missing records.

Llena issued an appeal for Celina and Emily not to fuel the situation as emotions still high.

The denial of entry to the VTI headquarters prompted Emily and Celina, accompanied by their counsels, to have it recorded in a police blotter.

The Yanson sisters reported to the Police Station 7 that Reynaldo Llena Jr., Jerold Bolando Datiles and Harel Pelayo barred them yesterday from entering the premises of VTI.

Norbert Ebugan, Martin Joseph Porras, Elmer Dalanon and Joel Diosana also reported to the Police Station 7 that a certain SG (Security Guard) Papa also denied them entry, as they do not have new identification cards.

Celina said that a selected few workers, who were allowed to enter VTI premises, had their names registered in a log book, interrogated inside a passenger bus, and ordered to surrender their cellphones.

As to claims of Celina that Leo Rey wants to sell VTI, Llena asked “If you have a business earning much, will you sell it?”

The VTI board of directors, in a statement, also condemned what they called the illegal action taken by members of the security agency.

They said the order of Leo Rey is in direct violation of the right of officers and owners of the company to exercise their duly-mandated functions and responsibilities, adding that it “constitutes a criminal act of grave coercion.”

They claimed that the order of Leo Rey does violence against their rights, being 55 percent majority shareholders of the company.

At the same time, they called on the Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers Union to register its strongest condemnation against what they described as highly discriminatory acts being taken by Leo Rey.*


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