LPG tankers start to form long lines in Bataan

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    MARIVELES, Bataan- Oil tankers on Tuesday started to form long lines along one lane of the street facing Corregidor Island while waiting to be loaded with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the Liquigaz Terminal in Alas-Asin here.

    There were 46 LPG tankers Tuesday afternoon that, however, were still few compared to last week’s about 100 vehicles as estimated by drivers and some residents along the road.

    “Umabot ng MAAP ang pila ng tanker noong isang linggo,” they said but however, refused to be identifi ed. MAAP is Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. They said the number of long vehicles went down after a boat from a foreign country arrived and Liquigaz began loading LPG to the tankers last Saturday.

    Saldy Nera, LPG tanker driver from Nueva Ecija, said he was on the third day in Alas-Asin after arriving Sunday.

    He said he hoped his truck will be loaded soon unlike last week that it took him four days to wait. “Maraming nakapila noong isang linggo kaya inabot ako ng apat na araw,” Nera said. Danny Divina, another driver from Atimonan, Quezon, said he arrived at dawn of Tuesday after being loaded last Saturday night and left for Island Gas in Lucena City.

    He said he waited for three days last week. “Malaking volume ng mga LPG tankers noong nakaraang linggo dahil nawalan ng kargahan sa Shell Batangas at dito sa Bataan nagpuntahan,” Divina said. No one from the Liquigaz Bataan Terminal could be contacted. Security guards said the LPG company could not entertain reporters reasoning out that it has no spokesman and all queries should be coursed in their Manila main office.

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