Petron has announced that it has terminated its contracts with 21 of its service stations for selling substandard fuels and passing these off as having come from the petroleum company.
According to Petron, it ended its partnership with the said service stations over a 12-month period, from January 2012 to January 2013.
"It is our duty to make sure the consuming public only gets Petron's top-of-the-line fuel and lubricant products whenever they go to a Petron station," said Petron vice president for national sales Archie Gupalor. "We do not tolerate these illegal activities and we will continue to go after unscrupulous dealers within our network to ensure the integrity of the Petron brand."
To prove that it is serious in going after these erring dealers, Petron recently filed criminal charges against a dealer in Bogo City, Cebu. For its part, the Bogo City Prosecutor's Office found probable cause with Petron's allegations that the dealer committed criminal acts of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and false designation of origin, all of which are punishable under Republic Act 8293, also known as the "Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines."
Petron discovered this unscrupulous practice of some of its dealers when a thorough investigation of the stations' dispensing pumps--backed by regular readings--showed that the quantity of products sold at the stations were greater than the quantity purchased by the dealers from Petron. Petron claims that its pumps are equipped with monitoring systems to determine the volume dispensed, and that these are regularly checked by the petroleum company's representatives as part of its standard operating procedure.
In short, the erring fuel stations got inferior (and cheaper) fuel from other sources--most likely smuggled--and sold it to their customers as Petron fuel. We hope you weren't victimized by these scumbags.
UPDATE: The list of the general locations of the 21 decommissioned fuel stations can be found here.