Clan matriarch open to talks with ‘Yanson 4’

GINNETTE Yanson-Dumancas (left) comforts her mother Olivia Yanson during a press conference on Aug 19, 2019 in Bacolod City. (Dolly Yasa)

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The matriarch of the Yanson clan, owners of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) that operates Ceres Bus Liner, said she is open to talks with her children Roy, Ricardo Jr., Emily, and Ma. Celina or the so-called “Yanson 4.”

Olivia Yanson said she can always talk to her children as long as they are sincere in seeking peace in their family.

Lawyer Norman Golez, legal counsel of Olivia, said the matriarch only wants back her share of stocks in the Yanson Group of Bus Companies or her rights to vote in the company’s board of directors.

In response to the special VTI meeting last Monday, wherein the company’s board of directors was reorganized and Leo Rey Yanson reinstated as company president, Roy held a press conference calling for unity.

Roy, the eldest Yanson sibling, called on to his family to “meet and sit down as one.”

“Let us set our differences behind us and talk. Let us forgive each other,” he said.

He went on to say that regardless which side wins the court battles, they are still family.

Roy also anticipated criticism from those claiming he is only making such statement after losing possession of their company facilities.

“I want peace and I know we all want peace. I choose not to prolong the public staging of our family feud and to leave these issues unresolved. I pray that we will surpass this challenge within our family.”