LABAN KONSYUMER INC.
P.O. Box 1161, QCCPO, NCR, Philippines 1100
Cell No. : +63 917-812-5546
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Website : www.labankonsyumer.com
AUGUST 13, 2019
Mr. Alfonso G. Cusi
Department of Energy
Energy Center, Rizal Drive
Bonifacio Global City
Re: Department Circular No. DC 2019-05-0008
On my personal behalf as well as on behalf of the Trustees, officers and members of the Laban Konsyumer Inc., we extend our appreciation for your signature and issuance of the subject Department Circular. Allow us to share to you the article of Dean Dela Paz on Unbundling Fuel Prices published in the Daily Tribune dated June 25, 2019 i.e. https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2019/06/25/unbudling-fuel-prices/ tribune.net.ph , in support of the Department Circular.
In the light of the preliminary injunctions issued against the Department Circular by the regional trial courts, we offer an unsolicited proposed legal steps the Department should pursue against price fixing and the de facto cartel in the oil industry . The Department of Energy and the Department of Justice Joint Task Force should be activated and be instructed to pursue and conduct such investigation.
We had written your Department on April 16, 2018 and September 15, 2018 and we complained for an explanation on the oil industry pricing practice involving identical amounts of adjustments, price adjustments at the same time of the week, and applies across the country, as to whether these retail pricing practices are allowed by the Oil Deregulation Law.
We had written the Philippine Competition Commission and the Office for Competition of the Department of Justice on the same subject matter on June 12, 2018 with an accompanied Affidavit.
To date, no such clear public statements had been made by the Department nor the other relevant agencies that said pricing practices are competitive and fair prices of the petroleum products.
When necessary and deemed appropriate, Laban Konsyumer Inc. Can participate in such investigation for the purpose of a determination of competitive and fair prices of the fuel products.
Thank you for your usual prompt action.
Very truly yours,
Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM