Following Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election, photos of rice for sale at a market in the city of Davao were shared tens of thousands of times in Facebook posts that claimed he had already fulfilled a campaign promise to cut the price of the staple food. This is false. The photos have circulated online since December 2019. An agricultural officer in Davao said the posts misrepresented rice prices in May 2022.

“The price of one kilo of rice has started to go down in Davao,” reads a Tagalog-language Facebook post published on May 25.

The photos show a market stall with rice priced between 29.95 and 45 pesos per kilo.

Marcos Jr’s running mate Sara Duterte, mayor of Davao City and the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, was elected vice president after he won a landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election in early May.

However, the photos were taken more than two years before Marcos Jr’s election victory. Keyword searches found the photos in a Facebook post published on December 12, 2019.

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No rice priced at P20-level per kilo in Davao City

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