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Yanson 4 elect officers amid legal skirmishes

February 13, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Amid an unresolved legal collision in the fight for the control of the transport company, the shareholders known as the “Yanson 4” elected a new set officers of the Rural Transit (Mindanao) Inc., here. The elected RTMI President was Roy V. Yanson, Maria Lourdes Celina Y. Lopez as Vice President for Operations, Emily V. Yanson, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Ricardo V. Yanson, Jr. and Corporate Secretary, Anna Isabella C. Galvez, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Jose Jonathan Ealdam, Vice President for Legal. Known as the “Yanson 4,” the election took place Wednesday afternoon in a downtown hotel here with the attendance of lawyer Seigfred Fortun, the head of the corporate’s legal group. During a press conference, the Yanson siblings assailed their “legal right” to assume control and managed the Yanson Group of bus company, the largest privately-owned transport company in the country. Lawyer Raul Bitoon, the spokesperson of the Yanson 4, said that the group constitute the majority shareholders of the bus firm. He said that the other group composed of two other siblings identified as Leo Rey Yanson and Ginette Y. Dumancas have only more than two percent of the company’s shares. The problem crops up because the matriarch, Olivia V. Yanson along with Rey Yanson and Dumancas assailed control of the bus firm after the death of Ricardo Yanson, Sr., the patriarch of the bus company. Lawyer Seigfred Fortun said that the group of Olivia Yanson and the “Yanson 4” has exchanged blows in courts, which until has not yet been resolved while new cases are filed involving the rightful management and control of the bus company. Fortun said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has interceded in the cases after it ordered the lowers courts to submit the cases to the justice department. He said the court battles continue that the “Yanson 4” has intimated of filing more cases against the officers in Cagayan De Oro City. According to Celina Y. Lopez, the Yanson Group of bus companies consisted of nine original bus companies throughout the country, four of the bus companies are in Mindanao, including the RTMI. She said that the new bus company, the fifth in Mindanao, is now operating in the Saranggani Province, making a total of 10 bus companies under the Yanson Group. Lopez said that the Yanson Group of bus companies employs more than 80,000 people throughout the country.

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Yanson 4 to contest stockholders meeting

February 12, 2020

FOUR children of the late public transport tycoon Ricardo Yanson are set to file a lawsuit against the family – and company – matriarch Olivia and her other children Leo Rey and Ginnette Dumancas. Lawyer Philip Sigfrid Fortun, counsel for Roy, Ricardo Jr., Emily, and Cynthia Yanson-Lopez, said the suit to be filed in a Cagayan de Oro court will contest the holding of a January 19 stockholders meeting of Bachelor Express, Inc. called for by the impending respondents. It was learned that in 2019, Olivia and her two children have assumed control of Bachelor Express, one of the companies under the Yanson Group of Bus Companies which is currently entangled in a bitter legal feud among the heirs of the late Ricardo Yanson. Fortun contended that the holding of the stockholders meeting and its results were without basis since the three stockholders – Olivia and Leo Rey Yanson; and Dumancas – only constitute the minority of the stockholders of the company. Meanwhile, the other children – Roy, Ricardo Jr. and Emily Yanson; and Lopez – constitute the majority of the stockholders, according to the lawyer. All four did not participate in the annual stockholders meeting. During the meeting, Leo Rey Yanson was reelected chairman and president of Bachelor Express, Inc. while Olivia Yanson was elected as corporate secretary and treasurer. The day before, Mr. Yanson was also elected as president and chairman of Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc., another firm of the Yanson Group which is considered as the biggest public bus transport company in Asia. Fortun said his clients will file a separate lawsuit in connection with the January 18 stockholders meeting which they also deem as illegal. The four heirs of Ricardo Yanson Sr. were in Cagayan de Oro City February 12 for the annual stockholders meeting of yet another company owned by the group, Rural Transit of Mindanao, Inc. Fortun threatened that if the other Yanson faction will call for a separate stockholders meeting, he will file another lawsuit on the matter on behalf of his clients. The other faction – colloquially known as Yanson 3 – is already facing a lawsuit earlier this year in Bacolod and Batangas in connection with the stockholders meeting they called for Vallacar Transit Corporation, yet another firm owned by the group.

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Solon warns: Avoid crowding of passengers at airport terminals

February 6, 2020

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--First district Rep. Juliette T. Uy yesterday warned the public against crowding at the NAIA passenger terminal now that barred passengers are gathering there. In a press statement, Rep. Uy said the crowding of passengers, especially at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal, can pose a public health risk because of higher chances of close personal contact with anyone among the passengers  who could be carrying the Wuhan coronavirus. Rep. Uy, a member of the House Committee on Transportation, issued the statement in reaction to reports that passengers are  stranded at the NAIA airport terminal due the travel ban on travelers from China and its special administrative regions (SARs). She said, "returning Filipinos from China, Macau, and Hong Kong should go through a different terminal area of NAIA or perhaps a quarantine field set-up where they can all be checked,  tested, and processed.” “The barred foreign nationals should be in a contained or cordoned-off area at NAIA,” said the lady lawmaker from the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental, adding “NAIA and airline personnel attending to them should have proper personal protective equipment and supplies.” “Personnel of foreign embassies may have to be physically present or have some form of online or remote access, so they can attend to any travel and consular concerns,” said the congresswoman. (MRS)

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Bus firm distributes face masks, hygiene kits free

February 5, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC) has tightened its preventive measures against the spread of novel Corona Virus (2019 nCoV) in all its passenger terminals and offices nationwide. Celer Estologa, legal and media relations manager of the YGBC head office in Mindanao, said YGBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Leo Rey Yanson earlier issued a directive mandating all its branches nationwide to distribute face masks and hygience kits free to all its passengers, including its employees. Estologa said the directive of the younger Yanson is in compliance to the Memorandum Circular 2020-005 of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). The LTRFB in its circular mandated all public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and conductors to properly wear face masks at all times while on duty and for all franchise holders to ensure compliance. "All terminal operators were likewise directed to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness in their premises— to provide face masks as well as disinfectants or sanitizer for free use of passengers," said the LTRFB in its circular. He said that immediately after receiving the LTFRB circular, the younger Yanson ordered the distribution of ordinary face masks and N95 masks to all its passengers nationwide for free, including hygiene kits such as sanitizers and alcohol. "We started distributing the face masks to all our employees and passengers in the first week of February this year," Estologa said. He said the YGBC has worked in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) in regard to the distribution of face masks to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "For as long as naa pa ni nga virus, kami andam nga mohatag ani nga mga preventive measures," said Estologa. Meanwhile, LTFRB Regional Director Aminoden D. Guro of Region 10 said that his agency also distributed face masks to passenger terminals free. Guro also ensured that bus companies are compying with the latest instruction of LTFRB bus drivers and conductors to wear face masks. He said face masks have been distributed for free in public terminals in Gingoog City, a component city in Misamis Oriental, Iligan City, and in Agora and Bulua passenger terminal in Cagayan de Oro.

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OFW arrives in Misor town from Hongkong is now isolated

February 5, 2020

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental--An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from this town is now being put in an isolation room of a hospital in neighboring town a day after her arrival from Hongkong. Naawan Mayor Dennis Roa said his office received information from a concerned citizen that an OFW arrived from Hongkong in February 2 and is observed weak. On the evening of February 3, the local government unit of Naawan, through the rescue unit, fetched the 29-year-old woman at her house where she lives with her parents and a young niece. The case was immediately reported to the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) in Northen Mindanao. "Our rescue team picked her up. At first she was hesitant but the team explained to her the procedure and the mandate of the DILG to help the DOH monitor posible threat of the corona virus," Roa said. The DOH-10 took her swab for test and the result is expected to be available on Friday, February 7, according to the municipal mayor. If the patient tested negative of novel corona virus, she will undergo second swab test where the result will be available in 48 hours. "Sa pagka-karon, walay gibati ang pasyente. Asymptomatic ang patient, wala siyay gibati karon," according to Dr. Gwendelyn Labastilla, Rural Health Unit officer of Naawan, in a briefing with the barangay chairmen, Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars on Wednesday.

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Misor, NMMC adopt ways to detect N-Cov

February 4, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Local government and health officials in this port capital of Northern Mindanao adopted ways to prevent the spread of the 2019-nCOV illness in the region. Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, of Misamis Oriental, said that the provincial government is acquiring thermal scanners for distribution the various ports of entries in Misamis Oriental. He said that the scanners would be distributed to the airport terminal in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental and at the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) Tagolo-an, Misamis Oriental. Emano said the Mediterranean vessels that anchor off the Macabalan Bay is not exempted of the thermal scanners to make sure that the passengers on board do not show symptoms of the 2018-nCOV virus. According to Emano, the Port Area in Macabalan, Cagayan De Oro City will also benefit the thermal scanners because the port area is the entry port of passengers in Misamis Oriental. The government-owned Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) at the provincial capitol compound has also activated the “emergency assistance desk” to check patients who enter the hospital premises. Dr. Jose Chan, the NMMC Medical Director, said that health personnel manned the desk 24/7 to conduct medical checkups on patients who suspect on contracting the 2019-nCOV and other various illness. “There is nothing to panic about the 2019-nCORV since the number of the two Chinese patients under investigation (PUI) at the NMMC did not increase,” Chan said. He said that the two PUIs were admitted last week after showing symptoms of contracting the 2019-nCOV disease. Chan said that the hospital has yet to receive the result of the samples of the two PUIs, which were sent to Manila for testing. In Cagayan De Oro City, the local officials have activated the Barangay Emergency Response Health Team (BERHT) as part of the protocol to gather information about the possible entry of 2019-nCOV in the villages. City Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane, Chair of the City Council Committee on Health and Insurance, said the members of the BERHT and Barangay health workers who conduct regular check on the arrival of barangay residents who arrived from abroad. Gaane, herself a doctor, said that the BERHT report is based on two criteria: “symptomatic or displaying no symptoms, which means that the person has no fever and no other signs and symptoms suggesting illness.” In close coordination with the DOH, the local officials joined hands in adopting measures to detect and prevent the possible entry and spread of the 2019-nCOV disease here after an N-COV patient died in Manila. The first reported 2019-nCOV death in the country refers to a 38-7ear-0ld male patient who came to the Philippines on January 21, 2020 from Wu Han, China, the source of the newly discovered deadly 2019-nCOV virus. -0-

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