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Arroyo not seeking lower tariffs on meat

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Reports stating House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was seeking to reduce import tariffs on meat products are fake news.

“Upon clarification with the Speaker, she clearly stated that she is not advocating for the importation of meat products at reduced tariff rates considering that there are other more substantive drivers of inflation as cited in the PSA survey,” Arroyo’s statement read.

Arroyo made the clarification after receiving an inquiry from Sinag chair Rosendo So on whether or not she was seeking lower tariffs on meat products to cushion the blow of the soaring inflation rate on consumers.

The former leader’s statement was shared on Twitter by ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz.