Thursday, 12 February 2009

Arroyo scolds Reyes

Joyce Pangco Pañares
The Manila Standard

THE supply of cooking gas had “largely normalized,” Energy Secretary Reyes said, but President Arroyo showed him a canteen operator who told yesterday’s Cabinet meeting she still could not find cooking gas in the market.

Mrs. Arroyo then ordered Trade Secretary Peter Favila to speed up filing profiteering charges against suspected hoarders and people refilling LPG tanks illegally.

She also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation and the police to help the Trade Department monitor 100 pending cases against hoarders and profiteers.

Malacañang gave the Energy Department two weeks to solve the cooking gas supply problem, but cooking gas remains scarce and consumers complain prices are unusually high.

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