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‘Yolanda’ czar is no American Caesar

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Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

The challenge of rebuilding a region devastated by a typhoon with a force 10 times that unleashed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima is not unlike the effort mounted by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in war-ravaged Japan.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Yolanda survivors: Each day a new day, for better or worse

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SMILE THAT MELTS THE HEART A young survivor Luzviminda Baldo, 5, who survived the fury of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” poses at New Kawayan transitional housing site in Tacloban City. RAFFY LERMA

He is far from the grieving man captured in a news photograph seated in the rubble of his flattened home at Costa Brava amid a sea of debris left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

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 »

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