MANILA -- Malacanang said a stop-gap measure is in place in response to the reported exorbitant fuel prices in earthquake-hit Bohol.
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the mayor of Carmen in Bohol has already been asked to divert some fuel supplies to the town of Loon, where gasoline prices have gone up to at least P100 per liter.
As damaged roads delayed the deliveries of supplies there, some businessmen have taken advantage of the situation to jack up prices.
“The gasoline stations in Carmen have already opened,” Valte said.
However, she added that there are also gasoline stations in Maribojoc that remain closed as owners fear that the structures there may have been damaged after the 7.2 magnitude major earthquake last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to receive help from the public for the people of Bohol, Cebu and nearby provinces, she said.
The death toll from the massive earthquake has already reached 185 as of Sunday morning, according to a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
As of 7 a.m. Sunday, the NDRRMC said 185 individuals have died from the killer quake, with 172 coming from Bohol, where the epicenter of the magnitude 7.2 quake was located.
Twelve people died in the neighboring province of Cebu, while one died in Siquijor.
At least 583 people were injured, 489 of whom were from Bohol. Eighty-nine people in Cebu also suffered injuries. Nine people – all from Bohol – remain missing.