The skirmish between members of the bilyonaryo Yanson family is shifting from the boardroom to the legal arena and things are expected to get messier.
The Yanson family – in one corner the matriarch Olivia Yanson and her children Leo Rey Yanson and Jeannette Yanson-Dumancas; and in the other corner her four other children Roy Yanson, Emily Yanson, Lourdes Celina Y. Lopez and Ricardo Yanson, Jr. – did not reach an amicable settlement during a pre-trial meeting Monday in Bacolod City. This was not surprising considering that both camps have exchanged explosive charges in media over the last days.
In a report by the Inquirer, Judge Eduardo Sayson of the Regional Trial Court Branch 53 ordered the start of trial on July 26.
The bunso, Leo Rey, who was ousted as president of the family’s crown jewel, Vallacar Transport which runs the country’s biggest bus line Ceres, has asked the court stop his siblings’ boardroom takeover led by the panganay, Roy.
Abogado Norman Golez has been tapped by Leo Rey’s side while abogado Philip Sigfrid Fortun would lead the defense of Roy’s side.
“At the end of the 15-minute hearing, the judge asked to meet with the Yanson family at his office without their lawyers in what was speculated to be an attempt to settle their differences amicably,” the Inquirer said.
“However, when Roy, Ricardo Jr., Celina and Emily entered the judge’s office, their mother, Olivia, who was at the hearing, refused to join them. Olivia was later joined by Leo Rey and Ginnette and met with the judge after the four others had left. All parties declined to grant media interviews,” the Inquirer added.
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