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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 »

‘Yolanda’ bunkhouses overpriced

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President Aquino, center, inspects a temporary shelter for typhoon victims during his visit to Tacloban city, on Dec. 22, 2013. By area, the President posted the worst drop in approval and trust ratings in Metro Manila and the Visayas, large areas of which were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda last November. AP FILE PHOTO

The construction of bunkhouses as temporary shelters for families of homeless typhoon victims has raised questions about the direction and integrity of the government’s rehabilitation and recovery program.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pacquiao visit makes survivors forget woes

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Manny Pacquiao INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao on Monday tramped through the ruins of Barangay 90, one of the worst-hit villages in this typhoon-devastated city, and found two bodies in the debris.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Marcos diaries: ‘Hysteria in Manila… I must declare martial law soon’

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‘PORTRAIT OF PUTRIDITY, DECAY’

Portrait of the exiled Ferdinand Marcos as he faced his death in Hawaii by lupus in 1989. As a martial law victim puts it: "its architect is a portrait of putridity and decay." Pointillist drawing by Lynett A Villariba

We have one of the worst floods in years. Almost all of Western Luzon is underwater. While Typhoon “Gloring” is leaving… there is a new typhoon… So we expect the rains to continue.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Marcos diaries: ‘Delusions of a dictator’

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‘PORTRAIT OF PUTRIDITY, DECAY’

Portrait of the exiled Ferdinand Marcos as he faced his death in Hawaii by lupus in 1989. As a martial law victim puts it: "its architect is a portrait of putridity and decay." Pointillist drawing by Lynett A Villariba

I was about to call it a day in the Manila bureau of the New York-based United Press International (UPI) on the night of Sept. 22, 1972, when I heard on radio that Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile had been ambushed.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Six senators’ 2012 pork tied to Napoles

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Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Janet Lim-Napoles’ dummy groups secured millions of pesos worth of questionable livelihood projects under the Aquino administration from the pork barrel funds of at least six senators last year, according to a 2012 report of the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Reporters’ Notebook: ‘No picnic, I am fuming mad’

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MESSAGE TO SENATORS  Muslim women join the protest in Manila against the pork barrel of legislators.  ARNOLD ALMACEN

Many wore masks, T-shirts and hats printed with a pig’s head. Slogans on white shirts—the chosen color of the massive gathering to show that participants do not belong to any political party or ideology—proclaimed succinctly why they had come to Rizal Park on Monday: Abolish the lawmakers’ pork barrel—lump sum allocations meant to ease rural poverty but which allegedly ended up in kickbacks.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Theft in Inquirer editor’s apartment boggles the mind

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A thief entered my sanctum sanctorum before dawn on Sunday on a street in Quezon City called Mayaman, which means wealthy in Filipino.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Villegas to Aquino: We are your quiet supporters

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He was only four months into the priesthood working as the personal secretary of Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin when he heard the portly prelate make a telephone call to Church-run Radio Veritas the night the Edsa People Power Revolution broke out.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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