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Hungry and homeless: Jeepney drivers hit by virus
by Ron Lopez - August 16, 2020 - 12:43pm
Jeepney drivers like Flores, and millions of others, are out of work after the months-long restrictions crippled the economy, plunging it into recession.
Countries tighten measures as global virus death toll nears 700,000
by Ron Lopez - August 5, 2020 - 7:57am
The global coronavirus death toll approached 700,000 Tuesday, as France and the Netherlands began tightening restrictions, and the Philippines placed millions of people back under lockdown.
Taal eruption steals livelihoods
by Ron Lopez - January 19, 2020 - 10:30am
With scores of bookings canceled and restaurants and hotels shuttered, the eruption will hurt, but no one knows how much yet.
Lost and damaged: Taal Volcano steals livelihoods
by Ron Lopez - January 18, 2020 - 12:57pm
Decimated fish, scarred coffee plants and vanished tourists: the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines has inflicted significant damage on the livelihoods of tens of thousands and is expected to cause...
Risking lives to rescue horses in Taal Volcano 'no man's land'
by Ron Lopez - January 15, 2020 - 12:36pm
The horses were still caked in grey ash as they stepped off the boat, lucky beneficiaries of a risky rescue mission to ground zero of the Philippines' Taal volcano eruption.
Typhoon Tisoy pounds Philippines, forces NAIA closure
by Ron Lopez - December 3, 2019 - 10:02am
Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) on Tuesday lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its...
Philippine boxing scouts search for next Manny Pacquiao
by Ron Lopez - November 28, 2019 - 1:43pm
In the boxing-obsessed Philippines, scores of young fighters dream of becoming the next Manny Pacquiao, but it takes a sharp eye and vast experience to pick out a potential world champion
'Circumcision season': Philippine rite puts boys under pressure
by Ron Lopez - June 19, 2019 - 11:36am
The removal of foreskins is a centuries-old rite of passage to adulthood in the country, which has one of the highest rates of male circumcision in the world. 
Shattered Marawi a tool for jihadist recruitment
by Ron Lopez - May 23, 2019 - 11:19am
Two years after the Philippine city of Marawi was overrun by jihadists it remains in ruins, with experts warning that stalled reconstruction efforts are bolstering the appeal of extremist groups in the volatile...
Philippines votes in polls expected to strengthen Duterte
by Ron Lopez - May 13, 2019 - 7:15pm
More than 18,000 positions are at stake, including half of the seats in the upper house Senate, which has served as a bulwark against some of Duterte's most controversial policies.
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