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After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple

Shut up or free speech? Roque, Bong Go respond to Mar Roxas’ rice crisis advice

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The two Malacañang officials give contrasting responses to the suggestions of former interior secretary Mar Roxas

Mar Roxas calls time-out from travel blog to talk about rice crisis

Sep 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

‘Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. Kaya time out muna,’ says Mar Roxas in a rare social media post to the President

DEAR PRESIDENT DUTERTE. Mar Roxas pens a rare political post on Facebook addressing President Rodrigo Duterte and suggesting solutions to the rice crisis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Food crisis, inflation due to lack of gov't direction – groups

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

'This government must recognize that there is a food crisis largely because of the lack of leadership in food, agriculture, and fisheries governance,' says Hazel Tanchuling of Rice Watch and Action Network

No TRO for Trillanes, Duterte interview, Olivia Newton-John | Evening wRap

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Duterte wants ancient barter trade to tame inflation

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash

RICE WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to revive barter trade with Sabah to bring rice prices down. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Duterte replacing NFA administrator Jason Aquino

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The embattled NFA administrator asked to be relieved because he is 'tired,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino on Sept 3, 2018 during a budget hearing of the agency in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rice prices soar, Trillanes, TD Neneng | Evening wRap

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Rice prices jump to new highs in 4th week of August

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Cheap rice from the National Food Authority once again fails to bring prices down

[OPINYON] Dapat bang kainin ang bigas na may bukbok?

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Bumababa ang pagtingin ng mga Pilipino sa sarili kapag kumakain tayo ng mabaho, ginamot, o pinesteng bigas. Hindi ba ito ang ginagawa ng gobyerno sa kanilang solusyon sa krisis ng bigas?

Higher inflation in 2019 if rice tariffication not passed – Diokno

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the rice tariffication bill will be approved

RICE. A rice retailer sells commercial rice at the Market in Quezon City on August 23, 2018 File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rice hoarders, Israeli lawmaker on Duterte, Robredo on rape | Evening wRap

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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5 questions we should be asking on the rice shortage

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?

Piñol: Report rice hoarders, get P250,000

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the funds will come from private millers and traders

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Puro bukbok ang diskarte ng gobyerno sa krisis sa bigas

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Pilit ang palusot, at balubaluktot ang mensahe ng gobyerno, tungkol sa krisis sa bigas – dahil sablay ang istratehiya sa simula pa lang

Duterte won't fire Piñol, NFA's Aquino over rice crisis

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RICE CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino, and other officials over the rice crisis. Screenshot from RTVM

[OPINION] Solving our 'unli' rice crisis

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

If only half of the energy and focus given to the drug war were given to agriculture and rice production, we would already be better off

Challenge accepted: Piñol eats bukbok rice, galunggong

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:04 PM

'Ako mismo nagsaing,' says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

SAFE TO EAT. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol eats bukbok rice and galunggong to allay fears of the public. Screengrab from UNTV

NFA declares Thai rice shipment in Albay 'bukbok-free'

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

NFA-Bicol director Henry Tristeza leads a taste test of the fumigated rice which will be distributed all over Bicol region

TASTE TEST. NFA Bicol director Henry Tristeza samples cooked rice taken from the fumigated NFA rice shipment from Thailand on August 31, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

House probe sought into NFA’s alleged misuse of rice funds

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The Makabayan bloc also wants the House agriculture and food committee to probe the NFA’s failure to procure 124,969 metric tons of rice in 2017

NFA RICE. Workers pile sacks of rice in a National Food Authority warehouse. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

'Fumigate the bigger pests' in rice crisis: hoarders, price speculators

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:25 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya suggests ways to address the ongoing rice crisis

Rice. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NFA chief faces graft complaint for misusing rice funds

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) The National Food Authority denies there was diversion of funds, saying that the money of the agency is 'in good hands'

Senate hearing on NFA Rice on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martial law in Mindanao, Xiamen air, Game of Thrones | Evening wRap

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:27 PM

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Taming rice prices: What lawmakers, experts say

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Putting a cap on prices may sound like a good idea, but it may actually lead to a rice shortage

Makabayan bloc wants House probe into Zamboanga City rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The left-leaning legislators argue the state of calamity declared in Zamboanga City over soaring rice prices is a 'microcosm of the instability of food security in the country'

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. File photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers seek House probe into bukbok rice importation

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'

BUKBOK RICE. Makabayan legislators want the House of Representatives to investigate the bukbok rice importation. Photo from Shutterstock

Robredo hits Piñol: 'Insensitive' to say high rice prices benefit farmers

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams the 'conflicting' statements of several government agencies on the ongoing rice crisis

'WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN?' Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the rice crisis in an ambush interview on August 29, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Filipinos don’t deserve fumigated nor weevil-infested rice

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.

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Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

'Serve me bukbok rice, I will eat it,' says Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the presence of bukbok or weevils proves that imported rice 'has not been sprayed with chemicals'

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he is willing to eat bukbok-infested rice. Piñol's photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

State of calamity in Zamboanga City until rice prices stable

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde says the city will remain under a state of calamity to help local officials address the problem of high rice prices

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

High rice prices a win for farmers – Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Farmers never had it so good until today,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

PERSPECTIVE. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appeals to the public to look at the rice situation in another light. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Imported rice, Gilas heartbreak, Crazy Rich Asians | Evening wRap

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Suppliers to pay for fumigation of bukbok-infested rice

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:45 AM

National Food Authority Spokesperson Rex Estoperez says imported rice is safe to eat after weevils are smoked out

SAFE. NFA Spokesperson Rex Estoperez assures consumers that weevil-infested rice will be safe to eat after fumigation. Photo by DARREN LANGIT


Philippine Coast Guard seizes smuggled rice in Basilan

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

A total of 22,000 bags of smuggled rice are found onboard two vessels

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Facebook page

Villar pushes for P10-billion rice farmers' subsidy

Aug 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies

SUBSIDIES. Senator Cynthia Villar vows to block rice tariffication without subsidies for farmers. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Kean Cipriano launches O/C Records

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The Callalily frontman goes behind the scenes with his new record label, a collaboration with Viva Entertainment's Vic del Rosario

KEAN CIPRIANO. The Callalily frontman starts his own record label with Viva Entertainment. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House approves rice tariffication bill on 3rd reading

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:15 PM

But opposition lawmakers argue the bill 'totally abandons' Filipino farmers and puts local agriculture 'in danger of extinction'

Rice. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NFA's diversion of funds to loans caused rice shortage – COA

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:47 PM

For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice

Newly imported NFA rice is back at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill on revised agricultural tariffication

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:54 PM

House Bill No. 7735 creates the Rice Fund, which would be used to modernize rice farms, fund postharvest facilities, transportation and infrastructure projects, and provide rice scholarships

RICE TARIFFICATION. A lady checks out the rice being sold at a market. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rice imports fail to tame inflation in July 2018

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Statistics Authority says rice inflation rose to 5% in July. The average price of regular milled rice is over P41 per kilo.

RICE TARIFFS. Farmers and advocacy groups  say rice tariffication will not solve the country's rice problems. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lawmakers slam agriculture department over rice hoarders

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says businessmen see rice hoarding as ‘inventory management'

BUDGET. The Department of Agriculture's approved budget for 2019 is less than half what it asked for. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte to rice cartels: Stop messing with me

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs all intelligence agencies to address the 'economic sabotage' caused by rice cartels

Rice prices soar as Duterte marks 2nd year in office

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Poor families suffer for almost half of the year, as they are left with no choice but to buy regular and well-milled rice

Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world's poor at risk

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges

FARMING. Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY

PH still gunning for rice self-sufficiency despite Duterte remarks

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The Department of Agriculture has not been asked to scrap its rice self-sufficiency targets, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Rice shortage, fake news, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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