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Imported pork sold in supermarkets also covered by price cap — Palace


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Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / JOAN BONDOC

MANILA, Philippines — Imported pork sold in supermarkets will also be subjected to the 60-day price cap in Metro Manila, Malacañang mentioned Thursday.

“Kahapon po, nangako ang DTI [Department of Trade and Industry] sa pamamagitan ni Secretary [Ramon] Lopez na henceforth magkakaroon po ng label na imported ang baboy na binibenta sa supermarket,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque mentioned in a web-based Palace briefing.

(Yesterday, DTI Secretary Lopez promised that henceforth, imported pork in supermarkets may have labels.)

“At kapag ito ay imported na baboy, subject na rin po sya sa price cap,” he added.

(And if the pork is imported, it should also be subjected to the price cap.)

Roque famous that imported pork prices P114 per kilo, inclusive of tariff whereas native hog raises shell out P171 for a kilo of pork.

“Sabi ko nga po kagabi, meron tayong prinsipyo, equal protection clause. Kinakailangan things similarly situated must be treated alike. Eh ano ba ang pagkakaiba ng baboy sa supermarket at baboy sa palengke?” Roque mentioned.

(Just like what I mentioned final night time, now we have a precept of equal safety clause. Things equally located should be handled alike. What’s the distinction between pork sold in supermarkets and public markets?)

“Sabihin mo nang meron silang additional overhead, pag sila naman ay nag-angkat, mas mura kaysa doon sa nabibili sa lokal. So ngayon po patas,” he went on.

(Let’s say they’ve an extra overhead, however after they import, it’s cheaper than these sold domestically. So now, it’s truthful.)

The Department of Agriculture had mentioned the price freeze will solely be enforced in Metro Manila’s public or moist markets.

It also gave hog and poultry raisers till February 8 to follow the price cap for pork and hen sold in Metro Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 124 set price ceilings of P270 for a kilo of “kasim or pigue,” P300 per kilo for “liempo,” and P160 per kilo for dressed hen.

JPV


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