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Solon seeks answers
to oil price disparity

BY LISA GAPAC

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said he is sending a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras asking for the result of the long overdue investigation on price disparity and short-selling of oil products in Negros Occidental.

Colmenares, who was in Bacolod City last night, said, he was to blame for not pressuring former DOE Undersecretary Jay Layug to provide him the list of gasoline stations that are short- selling oil products.

He said the Local Government Units, or the consumers can file criminal cases against these firms so long as they have evidence.

Colmenares also encouraged the consumers and the transport sector in the province to appeal to Rep. Dina Abad, head of the House Committee on Energy, to release the results of the congressional inquiry on oil price disparity in Negros held last year.

Colmenares also slammed President Benigno Aquino for not heeding the call to scrap the 12 percent value added tax on oil products.

The Aquino administration had earlier announced that the VAT on oil products will stay, he said.

Colmenares stressed that the government has other financial sources, like the Presidential pork barrel to finance its programs.

Meanwhile, he announced that three bills sponsored by Bayan Muna have been passed on third reading in Congress.

These bills are the whistle blowers act, the Marcos compensation bill, and the enforced disappearance bill, which he hopes the Senate will pass into law, too, Colmenares said.*LTG

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