It may feel like you’re saving extra bucks by purchasing illegally traded fuel but not only are you exposing your vehicle to potential damage, you're stealing from the government and you’re also adding to the already toxic pollution problem in the Philippines.

In order to curb the sale and distribution of adulterated fuel, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali has filed House Bill 27 that seeks to amend Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1865, which prohibits the illegal trading of adulterated products.

Prompt action by the House of Representatives has resulted in the creation of a technical working group (TWG) to further study the bill The current fine from the Department of Energy is Php 10,000.

After conviction, violators will also be fined between Php 20,000 to Php 50,000 or imprisonment of at least 2 to 5 years, or both.

Under the bill, the penalty for violators will be increased to Php 100,000 or suspension or removal of the license or permit of an oil, importer, refiner, hauler, marketer, refiller, dealer, sub-dealer, or retail outlet.

Convicted violators will pay Php 300,000 or imprisonment of at least three years but not more than six years, or both.

The bill states that adulterated diesel in transport vehicles are a major cause of air pollution in Metro Manila and is the main cause of smoke belching.