By Billy Begas
Reelectionist Surigao Del Norte Rep. Francisco Jose ‘Bingo’ Matugas II on Tuesday branded as “fake news” the social media posts accusing members of his family of collecting illegal “toll fees” from fuel transporters in Siargao Island.
Matugas said there is no truth the illegal toll fees caused the high price of petroleum products on the Island.
“Gasoline prices here are more expensive because petroleum companies have to pay additional as fuel is transported from Surigao City to the island,” Matugas explained. “There’s no toll being collected for the entry of fuel on the island. That is a blatant lie.”
Facebook page ‘Bantay Nakaw Coalition’ has accused Matugas and his family led by Surigao del Norte Gov. Lalo Matugas of allegedly imposing a P15 per liter fuel toll fee to enter the island.
The group claimed that due to the alleged illegal toll being imposed to fuel transporters, pump prices ballooned to as high as P100 per liter.
Matugas noted that from April 26 to May 1, FJ Fuel Station pegged the price per liter of premium gasoline at P79.23, unleaded gasoline at P78.73, and diesel at P82.86.
Meanwhile, Espineli Fuel Station sell premium gasoline at P80.73 per liter and diesel at P83.86, according to the lawmaker.
“There’s no P100 per liter as mentioned in the fake news post,” Matugas stressed.