PASG raids oil depot in Bataan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2008 08:15 PM | Updated as of Oct 14 2008 08:10 AM

Operatives of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group raided Monday the depot of Oilink Incorporated in Mariveles, Bataan to prevent the release of imported fuel products under the Unioil brand.

The PASG has maintained that Oilink, which owes government P2.7 billion worth of taxes through technical smuggling, has been using Unioil as a dummy to sell imported fuel products.

Lawyers of Unioil and Oilink have immediately called for a press conference in Quezon City to denounce the raid.

According to the legal counsels, Unioil and Oilink are two separate entities though certain personalities have stakes in both oil firm.

Oilink counsel Raymond Zorilla said the raiding team did not have a mission order or search warrant and has punched one of their depot supervisors.

“They hit him in the chest when he asked kung sino sila,” Zorilla said.

But PASG head Usec. Antonio Villar debunked Oilink's allegation.

"Hayaan mo na sila sa mga human rights violation na yan. Magdemand sila. Ayaw nilang magbukas e, sinarhan nila kami e,” Villar said.

According to Zorilla, since PASG and customs officials, including District Collector Edward Baltazar, confiscated 40 million liters of fuel, it is possible that their 40 pumping stations will run out of supply before the end of the week.

“Tatamaan ang publiko na tumatamasa ng murang produkto. Kahit nga magrolbak nga kami, e wala namang suplay,” he said.

But as far as Villar is concerned Unioil and Oilink just want to get public sympathy. He even questioned Unioil's heftier price cuts over its competitors.

Villar said the fuel products will be immediately released as soon as Oilink settles its multi-billion peso tax liability with the government. Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News