Palace makes appeal vs transport strike

Posted at 09/06/2012 5:19 PM

MANILA,Philippines - Malacañang asked transport groups planning to stage transport strikes to look at the results of the study of the books of oil companies conducted by a committee, which found no overpricing of oil.
 
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the prices of oil are subject to “vagaries” in the world market.
 
“Pag-aralan po at suriin po ‘yung ginawang result po ‘nung komite… Umabot po ng ilang buwan din po ‘yung kanilang pagsusuri at, in fact, naalala ko panay ang tanong po sa atin kung ano ang estado na po ‘nung review at ngayon lang po sila lumabas. So sana po maging mahinahon po sila… Ang aming intensyon talaga ay ilabas lang po ang katotohanan. At makikita niyo naman po kapag bumababa ang presyo ng langis sa pandaigdigang pamilhan, binababa rin po… ng mga oil company po ang mga presyo nila,” Lacierda told reporters.
 
He defended the committee that conducted the study, saying its members are known for their independence.
 
“‘Yung members po ‘nung committee na ‘yon are not exactly friendly to this government. You’ve got former [Budget] Secretary Ben Diokno who, we know, have been criticizing the government and siya mismo ang nagsabi wala silang nakitang ebidensya ng overpricing ng mga oil companies. Binigay po nga ng Department of Finance sa kanila para pag-aralan at suriin. I think naalala ko nandoon din yata si Professor Winnie Monsod. Kasama rin po siya yata doon sa committee na ‘yon, if I’m not mistaken,” Lacierda said.
 
“So klaro po rito pinag-aralan po ng committee na ‘yon ‘yung mga books po ng oil companies and they did not see any anomaly. We have always maintained that the prices of oil are subject to the vagaries of the world market. And, therefore, whenever there is an increase in prices sumusunod. Pero ‘pag bumaba ang presyo po ng langis, bumababa rin naman po tayo. Weekly po ang ating monitoring.”