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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

January 29, 2009 Major News Stories

Seaoil meanwhile announced an increase in gasoline (premium and unleaded) by P1 per liter effective Friday.

Seaoil's increase follows other oil firms' hike in gasoline prices ranging from P0.75 to P1 per liter while diesel prices were cui by P1 to P2 per liter.

P5 per kilogram hike?
The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Association on Monday said prices of LPG could go up by P5 per kilogram as suppliers continue to experience tightness in LPG supply.

LPGMA president Arnel Ty said more than 30 percent of small LPG retailers have been severely affected by the LPG shortage. He said the delivery of 15 metric tons of LPG on Sunday would only last for four days.

Ty said the LPG supply shortage could last until March of this year after major LPG suppliers failed to place advance orders for cooking gas from international suppliers.

He also said the LPG shortage has led some suppliers to sell LPG for more than P500 per 11-kg tank.

LPG hoarding?
Vice President Noli de Castro on Wednesday said he is convinced that hoarding is the main cause of the supply shortage of liquefied petroleum gas in the country.

De Castro said he had met with members of the joint task force of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Energy (DOE) and its members have started a crackdown on LPG hoarders.

He said the DOE has also asked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to help them control the prices of LPG in the local market and look at the possible filing of profiteering charges against erring LPG suppliers.

Meanwhile, De Castro advised the public not to panic because of the LPG shortage and instead purchase their cooking gas in advance.

The DOE said that LPG prices should only fall between P450 and P470. Some dealers, however, sell cooking gas at prices of P600, even P800.

Palace sets deadline to solve LPG lack 

500 workers seek NLRC's assistance

Cops hunting girl pal's kin

At 3:30 p.m., police arrested her inside the private ward of the Mandaue City hospital, where she was resting a day after being admitted. Investigators brought her to the MCPO and prepared a murder case against her.

Police already have the names of two possible accomplices and have asked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Tacloban for assistance.

Woman found half-naked at recla area

She still had on her undergarments and a white shirt with stripes. A pair of jeans was found near the body. Rope burns marked her wrists and her neck, indicating she had been bound.

Police said that five days ago, Nuñeza told her friends she was meeting a man she exchanged phone numbers with during an FM radio show. It was their second meeting.

Teachers' inclusion in drug test 

SanFran mayor's nephew held for gun

A masiao tip sheet dated Jan. 24 was also reportedly found in Margarito's possession.

Margarito's arrest came barely two days after police arrested the mayor's administrative assistant and six other persons for illegal gambling.

CV dengue cases decrease by 27%

168 deco lampposts are missing 

longer work.

Six more were also found to have been uprooted by the management of an establishment along the North Reclamation Area "without authority" from the Sandiganbayan.

Lawyer calls council "un-Cebuano"

Council to hear boundary row

Govt: P41.8B in 'sin' taxes in 2008

China's premier sees 8 percent growth 

Fran Lebowitz  - "Food is an important part of a balanced diet."

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