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Diesel vehicles are no longer spared

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Diesel pump prices to go up 3 pesos per liter

Apparently the oil companies have caught on. Since oil prices have been rising every week, Filipinos have turned to diesel engines since they have always been cheaper at the pump. But starting this weekend, the prices will rise up by 3 pesos which brings it closer to regular unleaded gasoline.

Unleaded will go up by P1.00 to once again break the P60 mark to P60.57. This brings the price of Manila gasoline beyond the $5.00 mark once again.

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July 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm

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It’s about time

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Nearly half of LTO enforcers suspended, grounded

How do you expect people to follow road rules when traffic enforcers aren’t enforcing the laws? Everyday, traffic officials are involved in some form or corruption or another. This has led to many unlicensed public vehicles roaming the streets of Manila leading to further congestion of the streets. Stealing away passengers from duly licensed ones.

More vehicles on the street means more traffic and pollution. Not to mention increasing the number of people who don’t know how to drive on the streets. It’s already bad enough that you can get a driver’s license without ever taking the test. What’s worse is that they’re on the roads endangering the lives of many.

These officials fail to realize that when you give someone incompetent a driver’s license and put them behind the wheel of a truck, bus or any other public vehicle, they are putting lives in danger. It’s not enough that they’re just trying to make a living or earning a buck. That won’t be enough to pay for any damages they inflict while working.

I cheer LTO Chief Alberto Suansing. Keep it up. Rid our streets of incompetent drivers and traffic enforcers. Impose order on our streets and we will all save time and energy in the long run.

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June 30, 2008 at 7:59 am

So? It’s probably the bus driver’s fault anyway

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Bus driver in EDSA road rage shooting dies

It happens. It happens not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well. The courts have convicted two to life imprisonment for road rage. What made those cases really sad was that they were the ones who were committing the traffic offense and not the victim. But what about in this case?

If you’ve read any of my previous posts in this blog is that I have no love for public transportation in the Philippines, most especially buses and jeeps. Their blatant disrespect for other drivers, lanes, and total lack of road courtesy is what makes driving in Manila a real pain. You can ask any private vehicle driver in Manila that public vehicles are a menace on the streets. It’s actually great when they go on strike. The roads are clear of these irresponsible drivers.

Of course this entire case could be something else other than road rage. But the fact remains, if the traffic cops will not apprehend and discipline drivers on the streets. People will take the law in their own hands. This would not happen if the traffic cops or whoever should be issuing tickets and revoking drivers licenses actually did their job.

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June 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

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At this rate gas will be P60 before the end of the month

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As predicted, the price of unleaded gasoline is now P55.07 a liter. In US terms that would be $4.81 a gallon. That’s the cheapest gas around. Premium unleaded will set you back $4.85/ gallon.

This is getting crazy. I’ve been fortunate enough that my car isn’t that addicted to gas as those big SUVs. Diesel is cheaper in Manila but there are also calls from the oil companies to increase it by P11.00. That would put it closer to the unleaded price.

We must reduce our dependence on oil. We’re fortunate enough that we don’t we very cold winters. But we don’t have an efficient mass transportation or open highways. Traffic is the number one cause of gas guzzling as it increases the consumption of gas as you get from point A to B. Mass transportation will reduce this by reducing the number of vehicles on the street.

Let’s face it, there are too many jeeps and buses that clog major highways thus reducing the speed of other motorists. Driving slow doesn’t make you save gas. It’s driving consistently that saves gas. I can get 30km/ liter on my car even at 80kph.

Yes if efficient mass transportation is done, all of these “progressive” groups will complain about the lack of jobs for those jeepney drivers and bus drivers. Well that’s supposed to happen.

The current transportation system is seriously flawed. There are no bus schedules, no clear transportation routes, no map that we can even give a tourist for him to get from Manila to Makati. Bus stops are there but buses stop at all the stops and then some. It’s just a mess. It’s a clear sign of the third worldness of the Philippines. Inefficiency.

Perhaps that’s why we feel the pain of high gas prices.

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June 8, 2008 at 5:43 am

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Up up and away!

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If you got gas last Friday, you’re one of the lucky ones. Gas prices once again went up Saturday midnight to bring the average prices up P1.50.

If you’ve followed my previous post on gas prices this brings Manila gas prices to $4.68 a gallon. Now that is way more than the prices in the U.S.

I am thankful that I drive a economical car that can go 30km per liter if I drive well enough or at least two weeks till the next visit to the gas station.

But with gas prices going up, commuter fares are bound to increase in the next few weeks. Are we feeling the pain of not building an efficient mass transportation system?

We are turning into another Los Angeles, where everyone must have a car to get around the city. Most middle class would rather drive a car than get stuck in the inefficiency of our public transportation. Taxi cabs, buses and jeepneys are all privately owned overcrowding the streets.

If the traffic situation wasn’t as bad as it is today, would the gas prices hurt as much? If Filipinos actually learned how to drive properly, would we have better gas mileage? I think so. But until the country learns how to follow street rules and regulations, they will have to contend with rising transportation costs for their motorvehicles.

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June 1, 2008 at 7:33 am

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See what happens when you try

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‘No plate, no travel’ drive nabs 50 violators in Camp Crame

Just an update to my previous post. See what happens when you try to do your job. Things actually work. Now they need to clamp down on those scooters. I won’t even call them motorcycles since they’re just scooters who think they’ll live if they get into an accident. They give a bad name to all the other “motorcycle” riders/ owners who know how to follow road rules and courtesy.

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May 26, 2008 at 6:44 am

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They should have been doing this in the first place

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TMG revs up ‘no plate, no travel’ drive

This is something that they should have been doing in the first place! Just because there has been a dramatic increase in crime these past few months that they will only begin apprehending vehicles with no license plates or expired stickers. Why only do it now? It’s the law. It’s been there since we had drivers licenses and they only think of implementing it now?

But I want them to get all those fake “8” plates. “8” plates are the vehicle designation of the members of congress. There have been a lot of “fakes” popping up including plates of former members of congress who lost in the last election have not relinquished their plates.

Why should they have numbered plates in the first place? That makes them an easier target for assassins. We tax payers pay for those plates. Pay their salaries and pay the security detail that tell us to f**k off because we’re in their way.

I only give way if it’s an ambulance, fire truck or the president. Other than that they can all kiss my @$$.

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May 26, 2008 at 3:25 am

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