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PNP dragged into a family feud over transport operation

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By Aaron Recuenco

General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered on Thursday an investigation on the alleged police takeover of a bus terminal in Bacolod City which is an offshoot of a family feud on the operation of a transport company.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

Albayalde said his order is aimed at knowing why the local office of the Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) sent policemen in a bus terminal allegedly in favor of one of the two warring members of the Yanson family that operates a large fleet of passenger buses in the country.

“I have already instructed the director of the Civil Security Group to investigate the action of the SOSIA there,” said Albayalde.

Albayalde earlier expressed doubts that the local police would dip its fingers into the business rivalry war between members of a rich family in Bacolod City.

What he sees, according to Albayalde, are local policemen pinned between the business war of two members of a family.

“The PNP is really a shock absorber. Ayaw ng mga pamilya, hindi mapagbigyan yung isa, akala nila pumapanig. But we will maintain our impartiality,” said Albayalde.

The PNP is already dragged into the controversy that is continuously hounding the Yanson family over the business operation feud of the transport company.

On Wednesday, one of the members of the Yanson family has already filed a case of injunction against Albayalde and other police officials for allegedly taking over a private property where officials of the transport company is holed up.

Ricardo Yanson, represented by lawyer Sigfrid Fortun, accused the PNP of dismantling several physical barriers separating them from employees and members of the Vallacar Transport Incorporated.

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 alleged unreasonable use of force by the PNP without a legal order.

Albayalde said they are ready to answer the injunction case filed against them.

“We will answer the case of injunction against PNP officials at the proper time and venue,” said the PNP in a statement.

“The PNP which has regularity functions exercised by the SOSIA-CSG will continue to perform its mandate to maintain peace and order and will neither take over a private bus terminal facility without proper court order nor hold management and employees against their will. The PNP will never do such things,” it added.

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