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In a Manila Slum, Coronavirus Lockdown Hits Hard

In a Manila Slum, Coronavirus Lockdown Hits Hard

MANILA — Even before the coronavirus arrived in Manila, a saying in the capital’s sprawling San Roque slum — “no one dies from a fever” — crystallized the many threats that its residents faced in their daily lives. Drug-fueled petty crime. Food shortages. Overcrowding and poor sanitation. Fever, body aches and coughs were commonplace long before the virus came. President …

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In Slum at Epicenter of Duterte’s Drug Crackdown, Fear and Love Coexist

In Slum at Epicenter of Duterte’s Drug Crackdown, Fear and Love Coexist

MANILA — The fishing is best on nights like this when the moon is a sliver in the sky, and at midnight in the Philippines’ largest fishing port, the atmosphere was frenetic. Dockworkers in thick rubber boots emptied the catch from the rusting vessels crowded against the pier. Into hundreds of plastic pails lined up in rows, they tossed grouper, …

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