Comelec asked to hold vote for repeal of oil depot measure

MANILA, Philippines – A group of Manila residents filed a petition asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday to conduct a referendum for the repeal of a city ordinance allowing the Pandacan oil depot to continue operating in the city.

Lawyer Vladimir Cabigao said the petition is a “people’s initiative” filed by the Manileño Kontra Abuso (MKA) seeking to repeal Ordinance 8187, which allows the depot of the country’s three largest oil firms – Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., Chevron Philippines Inc. (formerly Caltex), and Petron Corp. – to stay in Pandacan.

“We wish to inform the public that were practically forced to take this action,” the petitioners said.

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