All over the news and for a month now, rice shortage has always been a constant topic. These are coupled with photos of people lining up to buy rice. These photos and the news prints say that their is panic buying because of rice shortage.
Actually, there is no panic buying and there is no rice shortage. I can vouch that there is none in my place, none in the town where i am presently working and none in the towns i have been to recently. It is just the tri-media sensationalizing the issue. Where there are long queue of people, is where cheaper rice from the government are sold by store owners.
It can not even be said to be a long queue compared to the people lining up during lunchtime at jollibeee,mcdonalds,chowking and other reputable food stores. Media people should refrain from making it appear to the whole world that Philippines is in that bad state of condition.