Will trade for food: online bartering soars in virus-hit Philippines | AFP

Struggling to make ends meet, some Filipinos swap old items for food via online bartering sites, as dozens have sprouted during the Philippines’ virus lockdowns.

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Tears as Philippines’ ABS-CBN forced to shuts regional stations | AFP

Television presenter Dhobie de Guzman’s voice nearly broke as he introduced the last newscast for TV Patrol North Luzon, one of over a dozen regional programmes of broadcast giant ABS-CBN that was forced to shutdown after the Philippine congress denied its license renewal.

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Philippines leader Duterte says he will take Russian vaccine in public | AFP

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he is keen to accept Russia’s new COVID-19 vaccine, adding that he will be among the first to get “inoculated in public.” Expressing “huge trust” in Russian studies to eradicate the virus, Duterte also says he is hoping for a COVID-19-free December so “we can enjoy this Christmas season.”

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Documentary spotlights Filipina journalist

The documentary “A Thousand Cuts” shows journalist and news organization founder Maria Ressa’s struggles with the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. (Aug. 11)

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Philippines reimposes quarantine measures as virus infections soar | AFP

Philippine authorities set up checkpoints, cancel domestic flights, and order millions of people to stay home again as it reimposes stricter quarantine restrictions in Manila and its surrounding areas amid rising spread of the coronavirus. Police check IDs at multiple checkpoints and the Manila airport is left nearly empty, with some passengers left stranded.

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Philippines’ Duterte seeks death penalty for drug crimes | AFP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calls for the restoration of death penalty for drug crimes in a fresh push for his controversial anti-narcotics crackdown as the Philippines battled a surging coronavirus pandemic. Duterte, in his annual address to the nation, also admitted he is short-handed to push for Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea.

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One Good Thing: Donated bikes help amid pandemic

In the wake of business closures and job losses in the Philippines, thousands of Filipinos have found themselves struggling to make ends meet. With a severely restricted public transportation system in metropolitan Manila, many were left with no choice but to take on odd jobs, completing them by foot, walking hours in the sun and rain. (July 23)

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Philippines jeepneys back on the road as virus restrictions eased | AFP

Thousands of the iconic minibuses known in the Philippines as jeepneys have been allowed back on the roads, more than three months after they were forced to stop running due to the coronavirus.

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Why Human Rights Activists Are Condemning the New Anti-Terror Law in the Philippines

Filipinos rallied against a looming law that would allow the government to charge its critics as terrorists.

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Robots stand in for graduating students at Philippine ‘cyber-graduation’ | AFP

Robots stand in for graduating students to receive diploma and medals at a primary school in the Philippines as the coronavirus pandemic prohibits mass gathering. Graduation speeches and congratulatory messages were also relayed through recorded videos in the school’s first-ever ‘cyber-graduation’.

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Typhoon forces risky evacuations in virus-hit Philippines | AFP

Evacuees seek shelter at a school in the Philippines as Typhoon Vongfong forces complicated and risky evacuations for tens of thousands of people staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hurricanes | AFP Animรฉ

A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines Thursday, forcing a complicated and risky evacuation for tens of thousands already hunkered down at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Videographic on hurricanes.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Olympian’s online workouts feed Philippines families | AFP

Filipina weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz raise funds through online workout for coronavirus relief efforts in her country after drawing inspiration from live-stream concerts.

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Philippines forces top media network off air | AFP

The Philippines’ top broadcaster ABS-CBN was forced off air on Tuesday over a stalled operating licence renewal, drawing fresh accusations that the authorities are cracking down on press freedom. Rights and press freedom groups said the shutdown order was an assault on the right to free speech, as the conglomerate broadcasts news coverage watched by millions daily.

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Philippine baby ‘Covid Marie’ named after deadly disease | AFP

A baby in the Philippines has been called Covid Marie – a name her parents say is a sign of hope during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Family photos fill Philippines church pews for Easter | AFP

Places of worship across the Philippines are closed this Easter due to the coronavirus, but one church north of Manila has adapted by asking worshippers to email in photos of their families, which have been pasted to the church pews.

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Before and after the coronavirus: Manila under quarantine | AFP

Then-and-now images show the effect of quarantine measures on the Philippines capital Manila, clearing its notorious traffic congestion and forcing churchgoers to stop attending religious services. The main island of Luzon, where Manila is located, is under quarantine and tens of millions of residents have been ordered to stay home as the number of coronavirus cases in the country tops 2,000.

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Coffins and skulls encourage people to stay home in The Philippines | AFP

Authorities in The Philippines display empty coffins at checkpoints in Santo Tomas, north of Manila, with the message “Stay at Home or Stay inside” (the coffin). The macabre imagery is intended to remind people to self-isolate and stay indoors during the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

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Philippines: Perfect virus storm in Manila’s slums | AFP

People living in massive Manila’s slums are terrified of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, but the best weapons to protect themselves — isolation and sanitation — are unreachable luxuries in the shantytowns they call home.

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