Lawmakers want bill on oil pricing transparency to be certified as urgent

Maris Federez   •   October 18, 2021   •   200

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the proposed bill that seeks transparency in determining price increases of petroleum products in the country.

This was prompted by the eight consecutive increases in the price of oil products in recent weeks.

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Zarate said there is no transparency on the side of oil companies on the basis of the increase or how they determine the amount of the price hike.

Zarate also urged oil companies not to make moves that will hinder the approval of House Bill No. 10386 that seeks to specify in detail the process of price increases being adopted by oil companies.

The Bayan Muna Partylist lawmakers also appealed to the Department of Energy to support the said bill. /mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Militant groups hold protest action before Comelec on disqualification case vs Marcos

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several groups on Friday held a protest action in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila as the preliminary conference on the disqualification case against presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos in the 2022 national and local elections commenced.

The group, calling for the cancellation of Marcos’ certificate of candidacy (COC), said having another Marcos back in Malacañang is unacceptable.

The protesters are composed of the Anakpawis, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Bayan Muna, and CARRMA which is also one of the petitioners in Marcos’ disqualification case.

“Nandito kami ngayon sa harapan ng Commission on Elections na iresolba na ang motion for early resolution ng petition for disqualification noong November 18,” CARRMA spokesperson Roneo Clamor said.

Francis Mariazeta of Anakpawis emphasized that Marcos’ violation of the Tax Code is enough reason for him not to be allowed to hold any government office.

“Wala siyang karapatan na tumakbo dahil ang dami niyang mga kasalanan,” he said.

The group urged Comelec to expedite the release of a resolution on the filed petitions against Marcos, and for the poll body to exercise fairness and implement its own rules. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

P3 dagdag-pasahe, hiling ng ilang transport groups dahil sa tumataas na presyo ng petrolyo

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Plano ngayon ng ilang transport group na maghain ng pormal na petisyon para sa hiling nilang dagdag-pasahe sa Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Ayon sa grupong Pasang Masda, tatlong piso sa unang tatlong kilometro ang hirit ng mga jeepney driver sa gitna na rin ng tumataas na presyo ng mga produktong petrolyo.

Kung maaaprubahan ay magiging P12 na ang minimum fare sa pampasaherong jeep mula sa kasalukuyang P9.

Tiniyak naman ni Obet Martin, ang pinuno ng grupong Pasang Masda, na agad nilang ibababa ang pamasahe kapag bumaba na rin ang halaga ng krudo.

“About 3 years ago or 4 years ago, nang bumaba ang presyo ng diesel na tig-29 pesos, immediately, kami rin ang grupo ay nagpunta ng LTFRB. Then, we filed our petition para i-rollback ang pamasahe. Nag-file kami at iyan din naman ang assurance natin sa ating mga kababayan. ‘Pag nag-normalize, ibabalik po natin doon sa dating pamasahe,” ani Martin.

Paliwanag ng Department of Energy (DOE), ang patuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng petrolyo sa bansa ay epekto ng paggalawa ng pandaigdigang presyo.

Ayon kay DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau director Rino Abad, bunsod ito ng kakulangan sa supply at pagtaas ng demand sa langis dahil sa unti-unting pagbubukas ng ekonomiya at sa winter season sa ibang bansa.

“Itong nangyayaring pagkakakulangan ng ating crude oil supply on the global market ay ito’y inI-expect na aabot po ng hanggang katapusan ng taon at posible pong magkaroon na ng easing out, yung paghihinay-hinay ng kakulangan, on the first quarter of 2022,” ani Abad.

Sa panig naman ng LTFRB, sinabi ng executive director ng ahensiya na si Joel Bolano na pag-aaralan nila ang hiling ng mga tsuper na itaas ang pasahe upang maka-agapay sila sa kasalukuyang halaga ng petrolyo.

“Batay po doon sa mga increases ng atin pong petrolyo, based doon sa ating computation po kung babalikan po natin yung year-on-year na increase po ay at least mga 1.20 – hindi po lalagpas ng P1.26 more or less po,” ani Abad.

Payo naman ng DOE sa mga tsuper na magpakarga sa mga gasolinahan na nag-aalok ng promotions gaya ng discount at rebate na inilalaan dahil sa mataas na kumpetisyon.

Makabayan Bloc seeks probe into proliferation of smuggled vegetables in local markets

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The House Makabayan bloc is pushing for an investigation into the alleged proliferation of smuggled vegetables in some markets across the country.

In filing House Resolution No. 2263, the bloc urged the House Committee on Agriculture and Food to launch an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on reports that smuggled carrots and other vegetables from overseas have flooded major markets in the country since August of this year.

The bloc noted that the League of Association at the La Trinidad Trading Areas has complained that four container vans full of alleged smuggled carrots are delivered to the Carbon Market in Cebu City every week and being sold at P50 per kilo in various markets.

“The said contraband carrots are believed to be coming from China and are allegedly injected with chemicals to prolong the shelf life,” the resolution read.

Some ‘hot cabbages’ were also reportedly being distributed in Divisoria Market in Manila at P70 per kilo which is much lower than the prices of Benguet cabbage pegged at P115 to P125 a kilo.

The bloc also noted reports about small warehouses near Divisoria where imported vegetables are allegedly stored and are released in the market when Benguet vegetable prices are high.

“Vegetable disposers at the La Trinidad Post in Benguet said that orders have drastically dropped due to the proliferation of smuggled carrots in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro, among other cities,” it said.

“From the previous 100 sacks of carrots a day, vegetable disposers said they are only able to dispose of at least 30 sacks of carrots a day,” it added.

The Department of Agriculture earlier said it is investigating reports on smuggled vegetables in local markets and warned the public against buying these items that may contain possible pesticide residue and may not be fit for consumption.

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