State of emergency not the answer to fuel price hikes

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By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Former Senator Chiz Escudero said putting the country under a state of emergency is not an answer to the skyrocketing prices of fuel products.

Rather, Escudero, currently the governor of Sorsogon province, said President Rodrigo Duterte can call Congress to an emergency session to enact a law that will address the problem.

Escudero said he will push for the review of the Oil Deregulation Law because it has not brought down the price of fuel as it was intended to.

Meanwhile, Escudero also chided the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for determining the alert level status which he said local chief executives are in a better position to do so.

He cited the situation in Sorsogon where he said they have 14 active cases but was placed under alert level 2.

He further cited the situation where they have two old cases and another two recent positive cases, resulting to a 100 percent positivity rate but the total case is only four.