Gov’t doubts food need in Kidapawan incident
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS suggest that, with just 34 days before the elections, food was not in short supply, and politically motivated instigators, not protestors seeking food aid, spurred the clash between police and protesters in Kidapawan City that left at least three people dead.
“They say there is lack in food supply. I don’t believe that. Law of supply and demand [says] before the incident, prices of rice should have shot up. Prices of rice never shot up” said Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala in a press conference in Malate.
In fact, farmers have been complaining of low farm gate prices of palay, Mr. Alcala said.
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