Higher fuel prices in Bohol to be probed anew

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ENERGY ASSISTANT Secretary Leonido J. Pulido III is expected to attend a hearing in Tagbilaran City on Sept. 15 to shed light on the higher prices of fuel in Bohol compared to adjacent provinces. The Bohol provincial board called for another investigation on the persistent disparity of fuel prices between Bohol and those in Negros Oriental and Cebu. Board Member Tomas D. Abapo, Jr., who made the call for the probe, said gasoline and diesel prices in Tagbilaran City are still on average higher by P4 per liter despite an investigation they conducted last year. In 2014, the price differences were even higher at P8 to P12 per liter. Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto previously threatened to elevate the matter to Malacañang and file cases against those found to be manipulating the prices of fuel in the island province. Mr. Chatto has also relayed the issue to 1st District Representative Rene L. Relampagos for a possible investigation in Congress. — The Freeman