Stories: Philippines

  • In Duterte’s Philippines, Resistance is Futile

    Philippines Senator Antonio Trillanes may have expected lighter treatment when he appeared on a recent episode of BBC’s HARDtalk with presenter Stephen Sackur. After all, he has been one of the few elected officials in the Philippines to openly criticise President Rodrigo Duterte, going so far as to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court over the...

  • A Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation in the Philippines Kills 55 People Every Day

    Last September, Suzette Flores knew something was wrong when her toddler, Rob Ezequiel Garcia, vomited five times in a single day. It was the first time her 19-month-old son had ever been so sick, she said.  When he developed a fever, she rushed him to the hospital. "Five hours later he died," the 31-year-old said of her only child. ...

  • Desperate for Food, Mindanao Villagers Want to Return Home

    Dina Yusef points to some rice and a few cans of sardines – all she has left to feed her four children and husband nearly a month after they fled their Philippines village when soldiers cleared the area in their search for armed Muslim rebels. "I want to go home because we don't have food,” Yusef told the...

  • How This Clinic Has Changed a Nation’s View of Family Planning

    Listen to the radio story on SoundCloud here. Analesa Paluga with her husband and young son. Paluga says they’ve had two unintended pregnancies, since they didn’t know about contraceptives until they heard about Likhaan. Photo: Sonia Narang Along a busy street in the heart of Manila’s largest slum is a hard-to-find doorway....

  • The Debate Over ‘Natural Family Planning’: Does it Work?

    Listen to the radio story on SoundCloud here. Ruzel Delovino (center) gave birth to seven children by the time she was 31 years old. Here, she’s pictured with her daughters and husband at home in Manila’s largest slum. Photo: Sonia Narang To Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, There's really only one form of birth control. To...