FACT CHECK: No, this photo does not show there is 'lots' of cheap rice in PH

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 26 2019 04:21 PM

A photograph posted on Facebook purports to show that there is plenty of cheap rice available in the Philippines. The claim is misleading; the image was taken in 2008 and has been doctored.

The photograph, which was posted here on Sept. 18, 2018, and has been shared nearly 200 times, shows rice on sale for between P35 to P42 a kilo.

According to official government figures, the average retail price for rice in February 2019 was P45 per kilo.

Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:

Screenshot of the misleading post

The post’s caption, when translated to English, says: “Don't believe that the price of rice is high. There is lots of cheap rice.”

A reverse image search found the photograph was taken by AFP in August 2008.

Below is a screenshot of the photo on AFP's Image Forum website:

Screenshot of the original photograph on AFP Image Forum (AFP)

The original picture has been doctored to add a photograph of Bong Go, a close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is running for senator in the May elections.

The misleading post was shared in September 2018 but a search using IntelTechniques shows it is still being shared, for example here on Feb. 15, 2019.

The Philippines was hit by faster inflation last year that saw a rise in prices of food, including rice.