Gas prices in Sulu return to normal

By Jasper Acosta, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jul 17 2014 03:41 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2014 11:41 PM

COTABATO CITY - Gas prices in Sulu have returned to normal after skyrocketing to about P120 to P130 per liter in recent weeks.

The spike was due to a supply shortage due to delays in delivery from the Island Petroleum Corporation.

Department of Trade and Industry - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) Secretary Sakiran Hajan told ABS-CBN News that enough supply of petroleum products from Zamboanga City reached the province on Monday.

This caused gas prices to drop to normal levels of about P50 per liter.

"Sa resulta ng aming imbestigasyon, fuel shortage ang dahilan kung bakit tumaas ang presyo ng petrolyo sa Sulu. Maituturing natin ito na isang isolated case. Wala naman sigurong nagkokontrol ng suplay at presyo ng langis sa lalawigan dahil ano naman ang makukuha nila kung gagawin nila ang ganito," Hajan said.

At least 8 gas stations that were forced to temporarily close have also resumed operations.