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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Act on fuel woes, solons urged

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called on the congressmen of Negros Occidental to raise with the President and the Department of Energy the complaints against the disparities in fuel prices that have made Negrenses pay much higher rates than Metro Manila and Cebu.

Earlier, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) had said he would again conduct an inquiry on the price disparity as soon as the 16th Congress convenes.

Bacolod businessman Ed Alunan, who has been waging a crusade for government action, said fuel cost is about P10.19 per liter higher in Bacolod City compared to Cebu, and P8.19 more per liter than in Manila.

Three years ago, the Bacolod fuel price disparity with Cebu was zero and P5 with Metro Manila, he added.

Marañon said he and the vice governor do not have any power over fuel prices, but the congressmen of the province can raise the concern with the President and the DOE for action.

He said he will also convey the concerns of Negrenses on the fuel price disparity to the President when he comes to Negros Occidental.

Lacson said he agrees with the governor. “We should push our congressmen to do something about this,” he said.”*CPG



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