Village chief warns illegal gas traders

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Saturday, May 3, 2014


MABALACAT CITY -- A barangay chief here warned owners of small and unlicensed shops selling gasoline and other petroleum products refilled in soda bottles to stop their illegal operations.

Dr. Oscar Aurelio, chairman of Barangay Dau, said he ordered the stoppage of the merchants' illegal operations two months ago following an accident where two children died at Sitio Canida due to a fire and an explosion.

"It is really hazardous. Pinatawag natin sila. I directed these people to stop selling gasoline, yung naka-bote," Aurelio said.

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Last month, a group of residents at Sitio San Isidro (Barangay Subdivision) asked the assistance of Vice Mayor Christian Halili regarding the continuous operation of a certain Balingit in their neighborhood.

According to the complainants, Balingit did not stop from selling "bottled gasoline" to tricycle drivers and motorcycle owners.

Halili immediately directed the city police to close down Balingit's fuel station.

Aurelio said the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health and other government agencies are prohibiting the selling of gas on streets because of the danger it may pose to people.

"May balita tayo na mayroon pa ring matitigas ang ulo na nagbebenta ng patago. Ipapa-imbestiga natin," Aurelio said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 04, 2014.

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