Duterte issue 3 Marching Orders
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. told in an interview that President Rodrigo Duterte has issued three marching orders in an offer to ease the effect of the expanding costs of oil products.
Spox Roque then said that the President isn’t numb and is aware of the oil increase so President Duterte gave three marching requests to his Cabinet secretaries.
“The President is not numb. Nobody wants the price of oil to increase like this so he gave three marching orders to his Cabinet secretaries.” the spokesman said.
It can be recalled that Spox Roque had before appealed to the public, particularly to traders, not to exploit the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, specifically following the expansion in the cost of oil in the world market.
Likewise, he said that it is unlucky that a few people are taking advantage of the TRAIN when there are many individuals who actually benefit from it.
In addition the Presidential Spokesperson requested the traders to cooperate with the rest of the nation and not to take advantage of the oil price hike as it will influence the costs of items and merchandise so businessmen can profit more.
“I appeal to the traders to unite with the rest of the country. Do not take advantage of the oil price hike as it will already affect the prices of commodities. Don’t take advantage and increase it even more just so businessmen can profit more,” Spox Roque said.
DTI to Mobilize
“The first order was for the DTI to monitor and arrest businessmen who violate the suggested retail price because there are many who take advantage of the situation,” Spox Roque announced.
“The prices are already high but I think 70 percent of businessmen are taking advantage of the situation. There is a fine for that and their business may be closed,” he added.
The President’s second requests as per Spox Roque, was for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to see whether there is a need to increase the minimum wage.
Minimum Wage high
The Spox pronounced that the department will check whether there is a need to expand the minimum wage
due to the fact that if the costs of commodities are high, the salary needs to meet it and added that however,
there is a process to follow.
“Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the regional wage board already met. They will see if there is a need to increase
the minimum wage because if the prices of commodities are high, the salary needs to meet that,” Roque said.
“But there is a process. This cannot be on a national scale because there is a law limiting the determination
of wages to the regions,” he added.
The Malacañang official likewise said that the third order was for the Department of Energy (DOE) to
search for different countries where the Philippines can get less expensive oil.
Cheaper Oil Price Demand
The Spox then said that the DOE is presently searching for cheaper oil from non-OPEC members,
including Russia and added that they will do everything to import inexpensive oil even just diesel.
Nevertheless DOE is now looking for cheaper oil from non-OPEC [Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries]members, including Russia,” Spox Roque pronounced.
“We will do everything so we can import cheaper oil because not all oil producers are OPEC members,” he added.
“We will also look into the possibility if we can get even just diesel because we can get that