The fear is reverberating throughout the country’s rehabs.
The Philippines' new president came to power on a promise to rid the country of criminals and drug addicts.
Their lesson that day was about the water cycle—an appropriate subject, I thought, given how many of the slum’s narrow alleyways were still partly flooded from the previous night’s rains.
Educational aid projects like this one are common enough in the Philippines, where more than 26 million people live in poverty.
S.-built facilities repurposed for commercial and business use. Her figure is slim and taller than most of the girls on the street.
At the very end of the road, off to the side, is an area that the city has fitted with fluorescent streetlights but has yet to be developed.
At least 7,000 suspected drug users and pushers have been killed in the Philippines since July.
Some include people who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities.
She’s a volunteer for Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI), one of three secular organizations trying to gain a foothold in Filipino society.There, an executive with an assumed name and a put-on accent would field your query.Today, such a bet would be risky: the Philippines has just dethroned India as the global hub of call centers.There, in a motel near the end of the block, is where Pemberton choked Laude to unconsciousness, then dunked her head in the shallow water of a toilet until she died.There’s a hush after crossing the river now, as narrow streets full of people give way to broad avenues and wide sidewalks.
Their weekend “schools” and food programs are part of a concerted effort by atheists to promote secular, humanist values in a society dominated by religion.“I got this idea from the Baptist Church,” Ferrer told me, with a smile suggesting she appreciated the irony of borrowing from the missionary playbook.