Big drop in fuel prices


Oil companies are rolling back the prices of gasoline by P2.30 and diesel by P2.00 per liter in a price cut that has not been enjoyed by consumers in years. Kerosene prices will also be down by P1.85 per liter. For most companies that sent their advisories as of late afternoon, the price reduction will take place at 6:00 a.m. today. This week’s reduction in gasoline prices is beaten only by the P2.50-per-liter rollback in the second week of December in 2014. The same goes for diesel, which was slashed by P2.25 per liter during that same period. Fuel prices are now on their fifth straight week of reduction, which is mostly more than P1.00 for gasoline. — Victor V. Saulon

Proclamation marks Aguinaldo Day

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued Proclamation No. 621 declaring March 22 of 2019 as “Emilio Aguinaldo Day” in commemoration of his 150th birth anniversary. Signed on Nov. 8, Mr. Duterte’s Proclamation said the government “recognizes the necessity to rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history and encourages every citizen to emulate and honor our forefathers.” The Proclamation noted that Mr. Aguinaldo, as the first President of the Republic, “symbolized the desire of the nation to be self-reliant, independent, and free from oppression.” The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has been designated as the lead agency for this celebration next year. “The NHCP may convene an inter-agency task force to plan, coordinate and implement effectively all programs, projects and activities to this milestone event,” the Proclamation said further. — Arjay L. Balinbin

Albayalde: We will consider Imelda Marcos’ ‘age’ arrest


The Philippine National Police is taking into consideration the “old age” of Rep. Imelda Marcos (Ilocos Norte) in assessing whether they should send in advance their men for her impending arrest. “We have to take into consideration may edad na kasi. In any arrest or anybody for that matter, that has to be taken [into] consideration, the age, the health, alam naman natin na andyan siya,” PNP chief Oscar Albayalde said.
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