Oil firms cut gasoline, hike diesel prices
LOCAL oil firms cut gasoline prices but raised the cost of diesel and kerosene at the pump, continuing the price trend set last week.
Shell and Seaoil implemented a rollback for gasoline of 25 centavos per liter and a price hike for diesel of 30 centavos per liter and kerosene of 15 centavos per liter from 6 a.m. today (Tuesday).
Phoenix Petroleum and Eastern Petroleum announced similar price changes for gasoline and diesel from 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Beating them all, Flying V implemented its rollback by the same rates at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
The Department of Energy (DOE) said the mixed price trend came from a continuing oversupply in gasoline as well as sustained demand for diesel.
Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada said in an interview that refineries had come back online from the winter break, just in time for the US driving season which increases demand for fuel.
There was additional demand for diesel, however, for both motor fuel and power generation. DOE Oil Industry Management Bureau Director Melita Obillo said in a text message there was increased demand for diesel from Vietnam, Africa, including Egypt, and Indonesia. Riza T. Olchondra
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