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Soaring food prices hit Philippine consumers amid recession

Duterte orders price ceiling on meat and increased imports to tame inflation

President Rodrigo Duterte has slapped a 60-day price freeze on pork and chicken in a bid to rein in commodity price inflation burdening the Philippines as its economy struggles with the impact of one of the worst pandemic-induced recessions in Southeast Asia. (Source photos by AP and Getty Images)

MANILA -- When President Rodrigo Duterte's 60-day price freeze on pork and chicken took effect on Monday, over 300 meat retailers in Manila's Paco market decided not to open for business.

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