An employee of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), Ceres bus line operator, has filed frustrated murder and serious injury cases against four Yanson siblings and their accomplices for allegedly instructing their men to burn him.
Cirilo Alingasa, a resident of Bangga Totong, Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City, who works as a welder-fabricator, filed criminal charges last September 4 before the Office of City Prosecutor against Ricardo Yanson Jr., Roy Yanson, Emily Yanson and Ma. Lourdes Celina Yanson Lopez, along with Police Brig. Gen. Noli Romana, Col. Jomil John Trio and other John and Jane Does.
In his complaint, Alingasa said he filed the complaint against the respondents for allegedly conspiring, cooperating and confederating with each other in the commission, perpetration and/or for their express/tacit conformity and approval of the crime/s of frustrated murder, serious physical injuries and other applicable crimes.
The complainant said the case arose from the burns and injuries he suffered on August 9, 2019 while helping the police open the steel gate at VTI’s main office in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, which could have cost him his life.
On July 7, 2019, the four Yanson siblings, in a purported special board meeting, unseated Leo Rey Yanson as the president of VTI. Leo Rey was subsequently replaced by his eldest brother Roy Yanson, but Leo Rey, with the support of his mother Olivia Yanson and sister Ginnette Dumancas, refused to step down.
On July 7, the four Yanson siblings backed by security guards of A-Y 76 Security Specialists Inc. took possession and control, with intent to gain, of VTI’s main office.
The four Yanson siblings had replaced AGNSA Security Agency with AY-76 Security Guards, using as a cover and means a purported Philippine National Police-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (PNP-Sosia) order issued by Romana.
The VTI said the Sosia order turned out to be illegal and invalid as rectified by another SOSIA order dated August 2 signed by Col. Michael John Dubria.
The company said that on July 20, the four Yanson siblings and their cohorts also unlawfully and criminally took control of the company’s Bacolod South Terminal.
Alingasa said when the PNP-Sosia issued an order to reinstall the security guards from AGNSA at VTI’s main office on August 9, he was ordered by the maintenance manager of VTI to stay put and man the rescue and/or towing truck at Bacolod Ceres North Terminal in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City.
About 2:45 a.m. on the same day, the victim added that he accompanied another employee who drove the rescue truck going to VTI Main Office at Purok Himaya, Barangay Mansilingan.
“When we arrived at the entrance gate of the VTI’s main office, there were two buses blocking it, one inside the gate and another outside the gate. A group of men under the control of the [four Yanson siblings] were on top of the bus located inside the gate, while policemen were piling up waiting to get inside,” Alingasa said.
As the police could not gain entry to the VTI’s main office to enforce the PNP-SOSIA order, the victim said he was requested to assist the police to pull out the bus located outside the gate.
After moving out the bus located outside the main gate, the victim was subsequently asked by the police to cut the hinges of the main gate so the police could gain access to the main office.
“With a cutting/blow torch on hand, I then started cutting the hinges of the gate. While I was cutting the hinges with the cutting/blow torch, an unidentified person from inside the gate, presumably upon the orders of and/or under the control and direction of the respondents, shouted and sprayed water toward me to shut off my cutting/blow torch,” he said. JAIME PILAPIL
“All of a sudden, the men on top of the bus just located inside the gate, with intent to kill and on the presumed orders of and/or under the control and direction of the respondents, splashed and ignited paint thinner on me while I was using my cutting/blow torch. Because of this, I suffered severe burns and injury on the right hand,” according to Alingasa.
“While my right hand was still burning, these unidentified men still continuously threw thinner toward my direction, thereby showing their evil motive to really kill me. Fearing for my life and out of instinct, I then decided to back off and scamper away. Were it not for the timely intervention to put out the fire from my right hand, I would have died at that point,” he said.