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A collection of Philippine laws, statutes and codes
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Batas Pambansa Bilang 33
AN ACT DEFINING AND PENALIZING CERTAIN PROHIBITED ACTS INIMICAL TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NATIONAL SECURITY INVOLVING PETROLEUM AND/OR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, PRESCRIBING PENALTIES THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
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BATAS PAMBANSA BILANG 33
 
 
AN ACT DEFINING AND PENALIZING CERTAIN PROHIBITED ACTS INIMICAL TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NATIONAL SECURITY INVOLVING PETROLEUM AND/OR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, PRESCRIBING PENALTIES THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
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Section 1.  Declaration of Policy. — It is the declared policy of the State to institutionalize as a national way of life energy conservation geared towards the judicious and efficient use of energy in order to enhance availability of energy supplies required to support economic, social and developmental goals. In view of the continuing uncertainty of the international oil supply, it is imperative that measures to conserve energy be strengthened and/or petroleum products contrary to the intent and spirit of judicious usage and conservation of energy, which are inimical to the public interest and national security, be prohibited and appropriate sanction therefor be imposed.

Sec. 2.  Prohibited Acts. — The following acts are prohibited and penalized:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary chanrobles virtual law library

(a)  Illegal trading in petroleum and/or petroleum products; chanrobles virtual law library

(b)  Hoarding of petroleum and/or petroleum products; chanrobles virtual law library

(c)  Overpricing in the sale of petroleum and/or petroleum products; chanrobles virtual law library

(d)  Misuse of petroleum allocations; chanrobles virtual law library

(e)  Speed contests and rallies involving mainly the use of motor vehicles, motor-driven watercraft or aircraft utilizing petroleum-derived fuels, including car and motorcycle rallies and drag racing; and chanrobles virtual law library

(f)  Sky-diving and water-skiing. chanrobles virtual law library


Sec. 3.  Definition of terms. — For the purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be understood to mean:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary chanrobles virtual law library

"Illegal trading in petroleum and/or petroleum products" — the sale or distribution of petroleum products for profit without license or authority from the Government; non-issuance of receipts by licensed traders; misrepresentation as to quality and/or quantity; and sale by oil companies, distributors and/or dealers violative of government rules and regulations. chanrobles virtual law library

"Hoarding" — the undue accumulation by a trader of petroleum and/or petroleum products beyond his or its normal inventory levels and/or the unjustified refusal to dispose of, sell or distribute the same to consumers; or the unreasonable accumulation by a person other than a trader of petroleum and/or petroleum products. chanrobles virtual law library

"Overpricing" — the sale of petroleum and/or petroleum products at prices in excess of those duly authorized by the Government.

"Misuse of allocation" — the sale, transfer or diversion of mandated petroleum fuel allocations by oil companies, distributors, dealers or consumers contrary to the declared intent of the Government in making such allocation. chanrobles virtual law library


Sec. 4.  Penalties. — Any person who commits any act herein prohibited shall, upon conviction, be punished with a fine of not less than Two Thousand Pesos (P2,000) but not more than Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000), or imprisonment of at least two (2) months but not more than one (1) year, or both, in the discretion of the court. Furthermore, the petroleum and/or petroleum products, subject-matter of the illegal trading, hoarding, overpricing and misuse, shall be forfeited in favor of the Government: Provided, That if the petroleum and/or petroleum products have already been delivered and paid, the payment made shall be the subject of the forfeiture, and if the seller who has not yet delivered has been fully paid, the price received shall be returned to the buyer, and in addition, if the offender is a trader, the cancellation of his license. chanrobles virtual law library

Trials of cases arising under this Act shall be terminated within thirty (30) days after arraignment. chanrobles virtual law library

When the offender is a corporation, partnership, or other juridical person, the president, general manager, managing partner, or such other officer charged with the management of the business affairs thereof shall be criminally liable. chanrobles virtual law library

If the offender is a government official or employees, he shall perpetually be disqualified from office. chanrobles virtual law library

Sec. 5.  Repealing Clause. — All laws, decrees, orders, instructions, rules and regulations which are inconsistent with, or contrary to, the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. chanrobles virtual law library

Sec. 6.  Effectivity. — Upon its approval, this Act shall take effect after five days from its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation. chanrobles virtual law library

Approved: June 6, 1979




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