Some local politicians into hijacking for poll funds, says solon



MANILA, Philippines — Some local politicians are allegedly raising campaign funds through syndicates engaged in hijacking fuel tankers, a lawmaker said Friday.

LPG Marketers’ Association (LPG-MA) Partylist Representative Arnel Ty cited recent “law enforcement intelligence reports showing that fuel thieves have stepped up their criminal activities to help produce fresh campaign funds for certain shady local politicians.”

He said that these local politicians allegedly protected gangs which seized fuel tankers in Metro Manila and Central Luzon and urged newly appointed Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to take action.

“These syndicates and their coddlers are not only defrauding government of millions of pesos in lawful tax revenues; they are also swindling consumers who end up unwittingly buying short-filled LPG cylinders,” the legislator said.

Communities near “shifty refilling stations” used by the syndicates to peddle stolen fuel were also being placed at risk, he added. “They do not have to live by any safety standards whatsoever, so they are definitely putting at grave risk whole neighborhoods.”

He also urged authorities to step up their operations against groups hijacking fuel tankers on the road, saying “this is really a law enforcement problem. The only reason these gangs have been emboldened to ply their nefarious trade is because they have not be apprehended and put behind bars.”

The principal author of House Bill 5052 or the Act Establishing the Regulatory Framework for the Safe Consumption and Operations of the LPG Industry, Ty is urging fellow lawmakers to back the proposed measure which has been endorsed for plenary debate.

The bill seeks to protect consumers as well as lawful industry participants from fraudulent refillers and traders, hoarders, and illegal importers of second-hand and substandard cylinders.

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  • agustin

    Not only hijacking but also drug money, that is why drugs flourish in our country because of trapos and political dynasty official’s intervention.

  • Neil

    LAHAT NG URI ng mga PANDARAYA gagawin ng mga LOCAL OLIGARCH-DYNASTY, TRAPO MANALO lang, MASIGURO at MAMINTINA lang ang kapangyarihan.   Karamihan sa mga tiwaling PULITIKONG ito ay MATATAGAL na sa poder at KAPANGYARIHAN.

    PARA manalo sa CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT,  tinatantyang hindi bababa sa P100.0 milyon ang CAMPAIGN FUNDS;    Sa isang malaking PROBINSYA at LUNSOD,  hindi bababa sa P200.0 milyong ang kailangan pondo;   mga P25.0 milyon para sa isang malaking munisipyo.

    Ang pangangailangan ng malaking halaga sa CAMPAIGN FUNDs para sa 2013 ay para sa PANTUSTOS ng ELECTORAL MACHINERY at VOTE BUYING OPERATION.  Nuong 2010 election,  hindi bababa sa P200.0 / botante ang ginastos ng mga NANALONG PULITIKO.
    Ang nakakabahala, hindi mahirap paniwalaang GALING sa mga ILIGAL at PADRINO ang suporta at panggagalingan ng mga CAMPAIGN FUNDs.

    BULUK pa rin ang sistema ng ating PULITIKA at ELECTION, panahon na upang MA-OVERHAUL, tiyakin ang LEVEL of PLAYING FIELD at mabigyan ang oportunidad ang mga matitino, progresibo at mga aktibistang mga kandidato na maupo sa mga local positions.

  • Love God

    Narco-politics to hijack-politics?

    God have mercy! Save us from these evil politicians.

  • nti_boohaya

    The other day it was narcotics that some politicians are into.  Now hijacking.  Tomorrow might be mining, logging, smuggling, gamling.  Di na bago ang ganitong news kaya kahit pa chief ng PDEA o “law enforcement intelleigence units” ang pinanggagalingan ng reports ay tuloy parin ang ligaya…

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