Lower prices, oil firms told

October 25, 2009

OIL companies were told yesterday to bring back prices to pre-Oct. 15 levels or face the force of the law.

Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo asked oil firms to follow the Executive Order issued by his mother, President Macapagal-Arroyo.

The chairman of the House Committee on Energy said the President’s order should be followed.

“The issuance of EO 839 is a welcome development as it defeats the callousness and insensitivity of the oil companies which, despite the sorry state of our country due to devastations wrought by typhoons, raised the prices of petroleum products,” Arroyo said.

Ilocos Norte Rep. Bongbong Marcos urged the people to form a barricade in the offices and depots of oil companies to force them to lower prices.

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Settle challenges on Erap fast, Comelec urges high court

October 25, 2009

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged the Supreme Court yesterday to quickly decide on any petition challenging former President Joseph Estrada’s intention to regain the presidency to meet the prescribed schedule for the printing of official ballots before the middle of January next year.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, at the weekly Tinapayan Forum, said the Comelec will definitely accept Estrada’s certificate of candidacy.

Jimenez, however, said it doesn’t follow that Estrada is automatically included in the official ballot listing as the time table set for the final printed ballot with names of candidates in it after November last day of filing will be December or early half of January.

The United Opposition (UNO) tandem of Estrada and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, said both welcome the Malacañang-inspired “deluge of petitions” seeking to disqualify Estrada since it would only confirm that the administration considers Estrada as the candidate to beat.

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