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SP urges legal
action vs. oil firms

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

A resolution requesting the mayor to direct the City Legal Officer to take appropriate legal action against all oil firms operating in Bacolod City for the indiscriminate over-pricing of petroleum products that constitute possible violation of R.A. 8497, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.

The resolution authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, said the pump prices of petroleum products in Bacolod City are higher by about P5 per liter compared with those sold in the National Capital Region, Metro Manila and Mindanao areas.

It said the Province of Cebu was confronted with the same predicament, and this constrained them to take necessary legal action against the oil firms operating within its jurisdiction, and this resulted to the reduction of oil prices in the province.

The indiscriminate and unjustified over-pricing of petroleum products by these oil firms may constitute a possible violation of R.A. 8479 or the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998, it added.

Meanwhile, the SP also passed a resolution Wednesday requesting the Philippine Embassy in Thailand and the Department of Foreign Affairs to provide jailed Bacoleña, Flory May Talaban assistance by a Filipino defense counsel to assist her in her appeal to the Thai Courts of Appeal.

Authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, the resolution said Consul General Edgar Badajos informed them that Talaban, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Thailand for drug-related offenses, has appealed the decision of the lower court to the Thai Court of Appeals with the help of her Thai lawyer.

It said the appeal of Talaban made her ineligible to apply for royal pardon because, under the guidelines issued by the Thai Department of Corrections, “ a prisoner may submit a petition for royal pardon only after he/she has finished all court proceedings, including appeal.”

The resolution said that, in view of the appeal, Talaban is likewise barred from applying under the Transfer of Sentence Agreement between the Philippines and Thailand while her appeal is pending in court.*CGS

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