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Zamboanga City bayfront ‘a death zone’

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HIGH AND DRY.  Badjao fisherman Sani Hadjani inspects his wooden boat near the Badjao evacuation center in Barangay San Jose-Cawa-Cawa, Zamboanga City. Hadjani lost his 5-year-old daughter early this month to an intestinal disease, one of many ailments that stalk the evacuees who are constantly exposed to the elements and still homeless six months after the Moro National Liberation Front’s siege of the city.  EDWIN BACASMAS

Sani Hadjani remembers his 5-year-old daughter as a happy child running around on bayfront Roseller T. Lim Boulevard—once a place for lovers to watch sunsets but is now a squalid encampment for sea gypsies known as Badjaos.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Long after MNLF siege, death toll still rising

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BADJAO EVACUEES  Once a popular promenade, Roseller T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City’s Cawa-Cawa District has become a squalid encampment for seafaring Badjao displaced by the siege of the city by Moro National Liberation Front rebels last September. Disease stalks the camps, inflicting a high mortality rate, particularly among children.  EDWIN BACASMAS

The loss of lives continues six months after a standoff between government forces and a splinter Moro rebel group, casting a shadow over the signing this week of a comprehensive Bangsamoro peace accord the Aquino administration hopes will end decades-long fighting in Mindanao.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Mayors ask: Where’s the money?

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RUINS WHERE ‘YOLANDA’ MADE FIRST LANDFALL The historic Church of the Immaculate Conception (roofless rectangle building with bell tower) in Guiuan, Samar province, lies in ruins like most structures in the town of Eastern Samar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

He sits on a hill 60 meters above sea level with a spectacular view of the sparkling turquoise water and tall crests—the kind favored by surfers—lapping at the shores.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Leyte town Mayor Pel Tecson draws road map to recovery

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This aerial photo taken on November 17, 2013, shows the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda near the coastal town of Tanauan, Leyte. AP FILE PHOTO

Mayor Pel Tecson is using business strategies learned as a Procter & Gamble executive to “build back better” his first love—this typhoon-devastated town on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Tacloban rising from the rubble

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The Tacloban airport on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, top, a day after Typhoon Haiyan struck, and on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, one month after. Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said Tacloban City might have power services restored by Dec. 24 while other parts of Leyte as well as Eastern Samar might have to wait longer for transmission and distribution facilities to get back online.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

Gina Amador-Magdusa thought she had seen the last of Dante’s “Inferno”—a dredging vessel tossed from the port of Tacloban City to a coastal shantytown during the assault of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” three months ago today.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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