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Akbayan members protested in 15 areas all over Metro Manila clanging their pots and pans, against worsening poverty as the latest SWS survey showed that 12.2 million Filipino families rate themselves as poor in a time of rising inflation and price hikes of basic goods.
“Walang awat ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin kaya’t walang tigil din ang paglobo ng bilang ng mga pamilyang gutom at naghihirap,” Sharon Francisco, mother and Akbayan community leader said. (The prices of basic goods are rising non-stop that's why the number of families who are poor and hungry are on the rise too)
“Nakakabahala na nagsimulang 10 milyong naghihirap na pamilya lang ang naitala ng pamahalaan na kailangan ng ayuda sa simula ng taon. Dahil sa kapabayaan ni Presidente Pahirap na solusyonan ang taas-presyo, dumami pa lalo ang naghihirap na mga pamilya,” Francisco added. (It's alarming that the government has only catered to 10 million poor families for cash aid at the start of the year. Because of President Poverty's (referring to Duterte) negligence, more and more families are suffering.)