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TOPSHOTSA homeless child stands on one of the trusses of the Quezon Bridge in Manila on January 27, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino on December 19, 2012 signed into law a 2.005 trillion-peso (49 billion USD) budget for 2013, vowing to use higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol to boost programmes to reduce poverty, education, health, agriculture and a cash-transfer scheme for the poor are the key priorities of the appropriations, which are 10.5 percent higher than the 2012 national budget. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS
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TOPSHOTSA homeless child stands on one of the trusses of the Quezon Bridge in Manila on January 27, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino on December 19, 2012 signed into law a 2.005 trillion-peso (49 billion USD) budget for 2013, vowing to use higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol to boost programmes to reduce poverty, education, health, agriculture and a cash-transfer scheme for the poor are the key priorities of the appropriations, which are 10.5 percent higher than the 2012 national budget. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

A homeless child stands on a truss of the Quezon Bridge in Manila on Sunday. He is not alone in his predicament. With the Philippine economy hurting, some 25 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and millions have left the country in recent years. President Benigno Aquino recently signed into law an increase in alcohol and tobacco taxes to increase funding for education, health and agricultural spending.

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