The Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association has expressed concern over the alleged adulteration of gasoline products with methyl alcohol, which can destroy automotive engines.
IPPCA president Fernando Martinez said during a Senate hearing that about “30 to 40 percent in some gasoline stations are infiltrated with methanol.”
“The reason for that is because methanol is now cheaper than gasoline. So these kinds of adulteration for the sake of getting more, unfortunately got mixed,” Martinez said.
Martinez cited allegations that adulteration occurred when gasoline products were being transported to the retail stations.
“There are allegations like it’s during transport and there are syndicates that exchange or adulterate a tank lorry and it is unfair for the brand for the owners of the brand, for the retailers,” he said.