Saturday, September 17, 2011

Investigate oil cartel, Aquino urged

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – Civil workers on Saturday urged President Aquino to investigate and prosecute the so-called Big 3 oil cartel - Shell, Petron and Caltex – instead of punishing public transport operators and drivers who are set to stage a nationwide strike on Monday.

Transport groups said it will protest the high cost of fuel in the country, but the government threatened to cancel the franchise of those who will join the strike.

“As public servants, we are extremely revolted and outraged over the Aquino administration’s obvious bias in favor of the interests of the Big 3 oil cartel. Instead of immediately prosecuting the Big 3 for profiteering through oil overpricing, the government is declaring war upon poor drivers and operators who bear the brunt of incessant oil price hikes.”

“Despite Aquino’s endless posturing and rhetoric, it is clear that this government is nothing but a slave to the whims and greed of the oil companies. Pinapakita lang nito ang pagpapanikluhod ng gobyerno ni Aquino sa kapritso ng kartel, partikular ang interes ng tiyuhin nyang si (Eduardo) Danding Cojuangco na kalakhang nagmamay-ari ng numero uno sa tubong Petron. Gaya ni (dating Pangulong Gloria) Arroyo, lumabas din ang tunay na kulay ni (President) Noynoy Aquino): tuta ng malalaking negosyante at sagad-sagaring anti-mamamayan,” COURAGE National President Ferdinand Gaite said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.

COURAGE stands for Government employees who are members of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees.

Gaite said vowed to mobilize government employees for Monday’s strike dubbed as a “People’s Day of Protest against Oil Overpricing.”

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