VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Salceda’s remark that Philippines has ‘one of the lowest’ inflation rates in the world lacks context

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Albay Rep. Joey Salceda recently claimed that the Philippines’ inflation rate is “still one of the lowest in the world,” saying this must be “a result of strategy” by the country’s economic managers. This needs context.

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House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Feb. 28, 2023

Dr. Ser Percival Peña-Reyes, Personal communication (interview), March 1, 2023

Nicholas Mapa, Personal communication (email), March 6, 2023

Ha, Jongrim, M. Ayhan Kose, and Franziska Ohnsorge, One-Stop Source: A Global Database of Inflation. Policy Research Working Paper 9737. World Bank, Washington DC

International Monetary Fund, ​​​​World Economic Outlook (October 2022) – Inflation rate, average consumer prices, March 2, 2023

Philippine Statistics Authority, Press Conference on February 2023 Inflation Report, March, 7, 2023

Philippine Statistics Authority, Press Conference on January 2023 Inflation, Feb. 7, 2023


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