SOUTH­BOUND BUS TRIPS SUSPENDED

Thou­sands of com­muters af­fected

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THOU­SANDS of pas­sen­gers go­ing to and from the South­ern part of the prov­ince were ef­fected by the sus­pen­sion of trips of all south­bound Ceres buses yes­ter­day amid the squab­bling of the Yan­son sib­lings.

Atty. Nor­man Golez, lawyer of Leo Rey Yan­son and Olivia Yan­son said that Celina Yan­son-lopez has pub­licly or­dered the sus­pen­sion of trips yes­ter­day.

Roy and Celina were in­side the South Ter­mi­nal yes­ter­day.

The or­der came af­ter the Su­per­vi­sory Of­fice for Se­cu­rity and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agen­cies (SOSIA) in­stalled AGNSA Se­cu­rity Agency hired by Leo Rey Yan­son af­ter the for­mer took over the Ceres South Ter­mi­nal lo­cated at Sam­bok, Lopez Jaena, Ba­colod City from AY-76 Se­cu­rity Agency hired by Roy Yan­son,tues­day.

All the keys of the South­bound Ceres Buses were taken from the driv­ers, Golez re­vealed.

Golez said, “the sus­pen­sion is not to our lik­ing be­cause early this morn­ing Celina made the pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion to sus­pend oper­a­tion. When the CIDG talked to them to go out from the fa­cil­ity they did not fol­low. They took the keys. So there’s no way for us to op­er­ate.”

He also re­vealed that Leo Rey tried yes­ter­day to pull out avail­able buses to pro­vide free trips to the af­fected pas­sen­gers but he failed be­cause all the keys of the buses were taken from the driv­ers by the

other camp.

Leo Rey has de­clared through an in­ter-of­fice mem­o­ran­dum yes­ter­day a paid hol­i­day for their em­ploy­ees at the South Ter­mi­nal which means de­spite that there was a stop­page of oper­a­tion the em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing the driv­ers will still get their pay.

“We don’t want our driv­ers and em­ploy­ees to suf­fer from the con­se­quences of the stop­page of the oper­a­tion,” Golez said.

He also said that he will have to say how much loses the com­pany has in­curred yes­ter­day with the stop­page of the South Ter­mi­nal oper­a­tion.

He also stood firm that the in­stal­la­tion of AGNSA Se­cu­rity Agency at the south ter­mi­nal is le­gal by virtue of the or­der from Camp Crame.

In a state­ment, Atty. Sigfrid For­tun, Le­gal Coun­sel of Roy and his 3 sib­lings strongly de­nounced the ac­tion taken by mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Provin­cial Of­fice 6 in try­ing to dis­lodge mem­bers of the board holed up in their cor­po­rate of­fices in South ter­mi­nal in Ba­colod City.

For­tun, lead coun­sel of the bus com­pany’s board, filed an in­junc­tion case against Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde, Po­lice Mayor Gen­eral Amador Cor­pus, chief of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­tec­tion Group (CIDG), Po­lice Ma­jor Gen­eral Rey­naldo Biay, chief of the PNP civil se­cu­rity group, PNP Bri­gadier Gen­eral Rene Pa­mus­pu­san, chief of the Provin­cial Of­fice 6 and Po­lice Colonel Michael John Dubria, act­ing chief of the SOSIA.

The in­junc­tion case called on the courts to is­sue a Tem­po­rary Re­strain­ing Or­der (TRO) en­join­ing po­lice of­fi­cials to cease and de­sist from de­ploy­ing PNP per­son­nel in the area and in­ter­fer­ing with the is­sues be­ing re­solved by mem­bers of the board of the bus com­pany. The case cited the un­rea­son­able use of force by the PNP with­out a le­gal or­der.

How­ever Golez re­vealed that the TRO was de­nied by the court and the hear­ing was set on Au­gust 13 for the case against the said po­lice of­fi­cials.

Roy Yan­son is re­port­edly in a state of shock while most of the em­ploy­ees are liv­ing in fear af­ter sev­eral hun­dreds of po­lice per­son­nel re­fused to al­low them to leave or en­ter the bus ter­mi­nals.

Sev­eral men of Leo Rey Yan­son (LRY), brother and ex bus pres­i­dent had cut tele­phone, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter lines, Atty. Sheila Si­son, one of the lawyers of Roy re­vealed.

She also claimed that food for Roy and Celina were not also per­mit­ted in­side.

Roy has urged the act­ing chief of the Su­per­vi­sory Of­fice for Se­cu­rity and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agen­cies (SOSIA) to stand down or face con­tempt of court charges af­ter al­low­ing his men to be part of an at­tempt to il­le­gally

takeover se­cu­rity ser­vices of three bus ter­mi­nals in Ba­colod city.

For­tun says com­muters and em­ploy­ees of Val­lacar Bus Tran­sit are now in a state of fear af­ter see­ing heav­ily armed men at the ter­mi­nal gates.

Atty. Raul Bi­toon, com­pany spokesper­son of Roy and his 3 sib­lings in a press con­fer­ence in­side a bus that is bar­ring at the en­trance of the VTI Man­silin­gan main of­fice said that they have no plan yet to re­sume the oper­a­tion un­less SOSIA re­moves all the se­cu­rity per­son­nel of AGNSA at the premises of the south ter­mi­nal.

He said that it’s the PNP that should be blamed for the stop­page of the oper­a­tion af­ter they failed to com­ply with the agree­ment of not al­low­ing any se­cu­rity per­son­nel when they took over the ter­mi­nal Tues­day.

He also re­vealed that they are closely guard­ing the Man­silin­gan premises to pre­empt the same take over that hap­pened at the south ter­mi­nal.

Golez on the other hand asked for an apol­ogy to the pas­sen­gers who are af­fected. “We would like to ex­press our deep­est apolo­gies for the trou­bles but it’s not our fault. We would like a peace­ful takeover but they don’t want to va­cate the premises de­spite that the po­lice and the CIDG want them to leave.*

CNC

CERES South Ter­mi­nal in Sam­bok, Lopez Jaena was closed af­ter the PNP SOSIA in­stalled the per­son­nel of AGNSA Se­cu­rity Agency. South­bound bus trips were suspended.

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