Cecil Morella
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Filipinos' 'crazy passion' for basketball survives FIBA World Cup loss
by Cecil Morella - September 1, 2023 - 1:00pm
The Philippines' failure to make it past the first round — with three straight losses — has done nothing to diminish Filipinos' passion for the sport.
Philippine director puts women at the 'heart' of drug war film
by Cecil Morella - August 12, 2023 - 9:57am
"Maria" is the first full-length documentary to compete in the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
What's the state of Philippine human rights under Marcos?
by Cecil Morella - June 8, 2023 - 10:52am
In reality, nearly a year into Marcos's term, activists say little has changed on the ground.
Chinese, Philippine vessels in 'David and Goliath' near-crash
by Cecil Morella - April 27, 2023 - 6:31pm
A Chinese coast guard ship cut off a Philippine patrol vessel carrying journalists in the disputed South China Sea, causing a near-collision, an AFP team on board another boat saw.
Fishermen struggle as oil spill keeps them ashore
by Cecil Morella - March 29, 2023 - 11:19am
A crab covered in oil creeps across the sand as Philippine fishermen wearing white protective suits, rubber gloves, and respirator masks scrape toxic sludge from the rocks along the shore.
Fishing banned as Philippine oil spill spreads
by Cecil Morella - March 4, 2023 - 9:12am
Thousands of fishermen in the Philippines have been ordered to stay ashore as authorities struggled Friday to contain an oil spill from a sunken tanker that is threatening the region's rich marine life...
Eye-watering onion prices make Philippine staple a luxury
by Cecil Morella - January 31, 2023 - 3:03pm
Even before his onions are fully grown, Philippine farmer Luis Angeles races to harvest the crop and cash in on eye-watering prices for a vegetable that has become a luxury item in the country.
Philippine corpse-whisperer seeks justice for drug war victims
by Cecil Morella - December 21, 2022 - 12:07pm
Raquel Fortun whispers to the human skeletal remains spread out in a makeshift morgue in the Philippine capital Manila. She is seeking the truth about their violent deaths -- and justice for their families.
Feathers fly as Philippine cockfighting shakes off Covid closures
by Cecil Morella - October 25, 2022 - 7:48am
In a raucous cockpit in the Philippines, Dennis de la Cruz grins from ear to ear as he watches his roosters slash their opponents to death in a frenzy of blood and feathers.
Court of Tax Appeals cancels P2.2-B tax of Pacquiao, wife Jinkee
by Cecil Morella - October 8, 2022 - 9:28am
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Friday won a years-long court battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes after an appeals court dismissed the case against him.
Philippine activists vow to 'never forget' Marcos era abuses
by Cecil Morella - September 21, 2022 - 12:41pm
Philippine activists vowed Wednesday to "never forget" the human rights abuses under former dictator Ferdinand Marcos as they marked 50 years since his imposition of martial law.
Philippine classrooms reopen after more than two years
by Cecil Morella - August 22, 2022 - 12:37pm
Millions of children in the Philippines returned to school as the academic year started on Monday, with many taking their seats in classrooms for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Fear and defiance for families of Philippine drug war dead
by Cecil Morella - June 27, 2022 - 2:08pm
Official data show more than 6,200 people have died in police anti-narcotics operations since Duterte swept to power in 2016 promising to rid the country of drugs. But rights groups estimate tens of thousands of...
Duterte popularity sweeps daughter to election win
by Cecil Morella - May 11, 2022 - 9:19am
Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face international charges over his deadly drug war, but his daughter's thumping victory in the vice presidential race shows his popularity remains sky-high.
Leni Robredo: 'Last woman standing' in Philippines' presidential race
by Cecil Morella - May 3, 2022 - 12:23pm
Leni Robredo was a neophyte congresswoman in 2016 when she came from behind to narrowly beat Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for Philippines vice president. She hopes to repeat the feat in their May 9 rematch for...
Death toll from Philippines landslides, floods hits 115
by Cecil Morella - April 14, 2022 - 2:18pm
The death toll from landslides and flooding in the Philippines triggered by tropical storm Megi hit 115 on Thursday, official figures showed, as more bodies were found in mud-caked villages.
Martial law torture victim Etta Rosales relives horror as dictator's son rises
by Cecil Morella - February 23, 2022 - 11:33am
Tortured and gang-raped by the elder Marcos' troops under martial law in the 1970s, the former history professor, now 82, told AFP she fears history will repeat itself.
'Run Sara Run': Clamor grows for Duterte daughter presidential bid
by Cecil Morella - October 10, 2021 - 3:04pm
Philippines' "First Daughter" Sara Duterte has been in lockstep with her father, following him into law and succeeding him as a city mayor. Now, she's leading the race to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president.
Duterte, infamous for deadly drug crackdown
by Cecil Morella - October 2, 2021 - 6:19pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who said Saturday he will retire from politics, has earned international infamy for his deadly drug war and foul-mouthed tirades, but remains hugely popular among Filipinos fed...
'Full capacity everywhere': Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges
by Cecil Morella - April 9, 2021 - 11:47am
Long queues at emergency rooms have forced people to drive from one health facility to the next in search of treatment, in a situation described by a hospital official as a "nightmare". 
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