BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The management of Vallacar Transit Inc. yesterday clarified that it will remain apolitical in the May 9 local elections, and has not endorsed anybody.
A statement it issued said VTI founder, the late Ricardo Yanson, was resolute in his stand that the company would never be involved in any political party.
Instead, he wanted to establish a harmonious relationship with any political aspirants regardless of their political affiliation for the best interests of the city and province, it added.
While everybody was bracing to combat COVID 19, the name of the Yanson matriarch and VTI Corporate Secretary, Olivia Yanson, who was busy with her life in Manila, has been maliciously dragged, purportedly supporting the name of a particular candidate in the local political arena. The rumor has been circulating in the province since early last year.
“Politicians are all my friends. They greet me every time we meet. There is nothing malicious if people will see me talking to them. Before the pandemic, I invited them to my birthday. I do not see any reason now to put any malice with my association to any of my politician friends,” the Yanson matriarch said.
Stressing that she is at the stage of her life where she just want to enjoy and help the impoverished people through her medical missions, the matriarch, known to her family and friends as OVY said “I regret to say that politics is not my cup of coffee and will never be. I am too old for that.”
“Besides, I can serve my fellow Negrosanons without any political affiliation,” she further stressed.
While their 18,000 loyal employees are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic as their operations had been greatly affected by the pandemic, OVY said her youngest son, Leo Rey, who is the President and CEO of the company, made sure that none of the employees will be retrenched.
For two years now, our loyal employees lived within the means of our daily operations, she added.
OVY is marking her 88th birthday on January 23.
The Yanson matriarch said that she does not want a pompous celebration, stressing that her birthday wish is “for everybody to live a normal life again.”*