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As protest staged vs. rising prices
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Members of the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center held a picket yesterday at the junction of Araneta and Lizares Streets in Bacolod City, where gasoline stations of three oil companies are located, to protest the continuous oil price increase.

Later they marched to the Bacolod Fountain of Justice where they held a short program.

“We are asking the legislators to review or totally scrap the oil deregulation law as it is no longer serving the interest of the people”, Diego Malacad, secretary general of UNDOC, said.

The protest is in coordination with the nationwide mobilization of the transport groups under Pinag-isag Samahang Tsuper at Operators Nationwide, of which UNDOC is also a member.

A few hours before the nationwide protest yesterday, Chevron (formerly Caltex), Petron and Shell, citing movements in the world market, increased the price of diesel by 75 centavos per liter, gasoline by P1.60 per liter and kerosene by P1 per liter.

“It is very unfortunate that, despite the call of the transport groups to put a stop to the successive oil price increases, the oil companies once again hiked the costs of fuel products, which means that they are not respecting our sentiments”, Malacad said.

“The drivers are losing about P3,125 in income monthly because of the fuel price hikes”, Malacad claimed.

UNDOC is mulling a transport strike before the delivery of the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, and will hold a transport summit with the Bacolod diocese, other transport organizations, and the academe on July 31, to plan possible remedies for the oil price hikes, and also the oil price disparity between Negros Occidental and other parts of the country.*APN

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