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A frontline medical worker standing inside a triage at Sta. Ana Hospital on Aptil 14, 2020 in Manila.

Jes Aznar/New York Times

A medical personnel wearing protective clothing works to treat patients inside a tent at a parking lot converted into a COVID-19 isolation facility, at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute Hospital on April 30, 2020 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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An anesthesia resident leads the ‘airway team’, a four-person group that performs the riskiest task in tending to COVID-19 patients: inserting a breathing tube down toward the trachea for those with damaged lungs. 

Martin San Diego

Recycled N95 masks and respirator filters hang inside the donning area for medical personnel assigned to treat patients at the COVID-19 isolation facility, at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute Hospital on May 1, 2020 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Medical personnel in protective clothing work to treat a patient inside a tent at a parking lot converted into a COVID-19 isolation facility, at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute Hospital on April 30, 2020 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. 

Ezra Acayan / Getty Images

Maria Ressa, head of news website Rappler, meets the press after being convicted for cyber libel on June 15, 2020 in Manila City, Philippines.

Ezra Acayan

ABS-CBN supporters stage a protest to seek the renewal of the network’s broadcast license. A congressional committee rejected its renewal, forcing the network to shutter most of its operations and lay off thousands of staff.

Jilson Tiu

Residents of Barrio Roque in Quezon City line up for government food aid a day after they were forcefully dispersed by policemen for lining up for food on February 4 2020.

Luis Liwanag

Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus to oppose the approval of an anti-terrorism law in the middle of the pandemic.

Jilson Tiu

A disinfection team in the Philippine capital.

Jimmy Domingo/LiCAS News

A man crosses a street in a deserted commercial district in Quezon City during the early days of coronavirus lockdown in Metro Manila.

Jire Carreon/LiCAS News

Former soldier Winston Ragos was shot dead by police for allegedly violating quarantine protocols in a suburb in Quezon City in Metro Manila. His family said the former army soldier suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from his military duty.

Jilson Tiu


Soldiers guard the perimeter of a bomb explosion site in Jolo town, Sulu province while waiting for a military ambulance.

Nickee Butlangan


Holiday shoppers in Manila City flout physical distancing rules. Jilson Tiu

Fighting Harder in the Worst of Time

Fighting Harder in the Worst of Time

Atop a hill overlooking the grey wasteland wreaked by Taal Volcano, I felt that the depressing lay of human catastrophe all around me may be an omen. It was early January, but there I was, struggling to breath in a foreboding N95 mask and setting up a live disaster...

The Baesa Crematorium

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The Missionary Pilot

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Pandemic hammers community press

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ABS-CBN supporters stage a protest to seek the renewal of the network’s broadcast license. A congressional committee rejected its renewal, forcing the network to shutter most of its operations and lay off thousands of staff. Jilson Tiu Pandemic hammers community press...

The Cagayan flooding, amid a health crisis

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