Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

Published: 8:33:35am August 30, 2018

Updated: 8:33:36am August 30, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines – Government officials in August 2018 scrambled to address the soaring price of commodities and the unending rise crisis burderning Filipinos. 

The past month also further exposed the rift between government agencies and even political parties. 

On Thursday, August 30, the team sits down to discuss the stories that dominated the news cycle in the past month including:

The ongoing rice crisis that even led to Agricultural Secretary Emmanuel Piñol saying he will absolutely eat bukbok-infested rice imports of the National Food Authority

The tussle between the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on whether or not the P6.8-billion shabu that allegedly slipped past the government agencies actually exists

The changes seen in the House of Representatives during the first month of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The 3-part series that explores underground abortion, available methods, and implications on pregnant women in the Philippines

Join us as we make sense of these stories, how they impact the public, and what to expect in the coming months.

Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Twitter (@newsbreakph) if you have any questions! Don't forget to join Thursday’s discussion with more comments and suggestions. –


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