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Benguet SP supports law classifying unjust increase of oil prices into heinous crime

by Andrew Doga-ong

La Trinidad, Benguet (6 February) -- Despite the recent rollback in the prices of oil products, the members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan here find it still proper to support a resolution passed by their counterpart in Bukidnon recommending to Congress of the Philippines to consider passing a law making unjust and inexplicable raising of oil and petroleum products by the oil companies either as heinous crime, economic plunder and even crime against humanity.

In Monday's SP meeting, Board Member Rogelio Leon, the SP will not just support the Bukidnon Resolution No.2009-1023 but will also ask Congress to review the Oil Deregulation Law.

Leon claimed it is the Oil Deregulation Law which prevents the government to impose price control on oil and petroleum products adding that as if oil companies use the law to unjustly increase the prices of their products anytime they like.

The Bukidnon SP resolution stated that since the passage of the Oil Deregulation Law, the oil companies particularly the three big firms took the law as license and authority to raise fuel prices at their whims and caprices, inflicting undue sufferings to the already over-burdened averaged Filipino income earners.

The resolution also asks Congress to consider authorizing the Department of Energy or create a special body to scrutinize the "books" of the oil companies if any fuel increase is justified and if not, appropriate charges should be filed against the erring oil firm.

In coming up with the resoltion, the Bukidnon local legislatures said it is time to impose stricter measures to guard the welfare of the hapless general public.

The Benguet SP Resolution of support is will be forwarded to both Houses of Congress through Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles, the SP of Bukidnon through Vice-governor Alex Calingasan and Benguet provincial governor Nestor Fongwan for their information. (PIA) [top]

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