• Grandstar bus employees rally at LTFRB

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    EMPLOYEES of Grandstar Coach Bus on Tuesday rallied in front of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) asking for the cancellation of the franchises of JAC Liner, Lucena Lines/LL or resign from their posts. Employees union president Julius Vargas said Grandstar Coach Bus Co. Inc. was closed down on June 2008 for failing to remit their Social Security System contributions. The union sought the help of the National Labor Relation Commission for their separation pay. Vargas claimed that while the case is being heard at the NLRC, Grandstar Coach Bus continues to ply their fleet of provincial buses in the guise of JAC Liner at Lucena Lines/LLI. On May 26, a writ of execution was ordered by the NLRC to confiscate the operating fleet of buses for the benefit of employees affected. The union wrote LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez on July 14 and 17 informing him of the NLRC writ for the Grandstar Bus franchises and buses being used by the JAC Liner and Lucena Lines/LLI. On August 5, Vargas said they opted to petition the LTFRB to cancel the said bus franchises over the said anomaly but Ginez and his two “cohorts” LTFRB Board Members Engr. Ronald Corpus and Executive Director Atty. Roberto Cabrera III denied their petition and even came out with a decision that the Lucena Lines had properly acquired six buses from the Grandstar Coach Bus.

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