"Free rice" rumor creates long lines at public markets in QC, Marikina, and Manila
People always flock to places where there are freebies.
Janvic Mateo of The Philippine Star reports that a rumor claiming that rice retailers will distribute free rice prompted thousands of residents in several Metro Manila cities to line up in public markets on September 5, only to leave empty-handed.
The report explained that several people in Quezon City, Manila and Marikina gathered at public markets in their cities because of the information that free rice and groceries will be given there. Some individuals also rushed to rice retailers after they received texts from the National Food Authority (NFA) announcing that NFA rice will be sold for only P10 to P20 per kilo at rice vendors from its original price of P27 to P32 per kilo.
But NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez said there is no truth to the rumors and urged the residents to go home. He said the coordinated move might have been part of a "drama done to create the impression that there is a rice shortage in the country."
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