Coronavirus in the Philippines Hope in Short Supply Amid Pandemic and Economic Collapse

The Philippines have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis. Millions have lost their jobs while thousands are struggling to feed themselves. The government has failed.
By Carsten Stormer in Manila
Jeepney drivers in Manila who are unable to work and are living in their vehicles

Jeepney drivers in Manila who are unable to work and are living in their vehicles

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Jebrix Labitoria in July 2020: A life gone off the rails because of the virus.

Jebrix Labitoria in July 2020: A life gone off the rails because of the virus.

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Jebrix Labitoria with his partner Maridel Labausa: "Never try that again!"

Jebrix Labitoria with his partner Maridel Labausa: "Never try that again!"

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Security personnel patrolling the streets of Navotas City, in northern Manila

Security personnel patrolling the streets of Navotas City, in northern Manila

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A free, mobile testing station in Manila

A free, mobile testing station in Manila

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Stranded in Manila: So-called Locally Stranded Individuals, or LSIs, waiting for someone to tell them what will happen next

Stranded in Manila: So-called Locally Stranded Individuals, or LSIs, waiting for someone to tell them what will happen next

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Priest Eduardo Vasquez: "The worst is still to come."

Priest Eduardo Vasquez: "The worst is still to come."

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Father Vasquez walking through Caloocan. "It is important that the people don't feel abandoned by the church in these times."

Father Vasquez walking through Caloocan. "It is important that the people don't feel abandoned by the church in these times."

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Jobless Jeepney drivers in Caloocan: No help from the government. No food. Nothing.

Jobless Jeepney drivers in Caloocan: No help from the government. No food. Nothing.

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Living in the Jeepneys, which aren't allowed to drive at the moment.

Living in the Jeepneys, which aren't allowed to drive at the moment.

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Church employees distribute food to the needy - 200 per night.

Church employees distribute food to the needy - 200 per night.

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Father Eduardo Vasquez checking in on a family with newborn twins

Father Eduardo Vasquez checking in on a family with newborn twins

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Father Vasquez with Jebrix Labitoria and his partner

Father Vasquez with Jebrix Labitoria and his partner

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Maridel Labausa, Jebrix Labitoria's partner, showing a photo of their son.

Maridel Labausa, Jebrix Labitoria's partner, showing a photo of their son.

Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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