Folks ask for closure of illegal gas station

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Saturday, April 12, 2014


MABALACAT CITY -- Residents of Sitio San Isidro in Barangay Dau have asked local officials here to stop the operation of an illegal fuel station in the said village.

The barrio folks disclosed that a certain Balingit is operating the gas station, which endangers residents, inside his residence without a permit.

Balingit is reportedly refilling bottles of softdrinks (soda) with premium gasoline and sells it to tricycle drivers and people with motorbikes.

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The residents claimed that they are exposed to great risks because of the illegal operation of the gas station.

Acting on the issue, Vice-Mayor Christian Halili directed the city police to close down the establishment.

Halili said the gas station, which operates without necessary permits from the city government and other concerned agencies like the Department of Trade Industry, poses health hazards to residents.

“Ken ya mu pung bale mag refill gasoline itang mikibandi. Maluat mi neng papasara oneng pagmayabang na masikanan ya kanu kareng manungkulan anya tumabla kami mu (The owner refills gasoline in his house. It’s been a long time since we asked for the closure of the gasoline station but the owner brags that he has connections with local officials that we cannot do anything about it),” one of the residents claimed.

Halili said they already informed the operator of the fuel station to close his shop immediately.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 13, 2014.

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