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Thousands of people line up for charity ...Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013, as they hold a massive evangelical event in five arias in the city that attracted over a million people and brought Manila to a standstill with gigantic traffic jams. The sect of about three million is dwarfed by the country's huge number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and the discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them great political weight. During elections, many Filipino politicians seek the 'anointment' of the leaders of the sect to win the votes of their followers.   AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTOJAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila as they hold an evangelical event in five areas in the city. The event attracted more than 1m people and brought Manila to a standstill. The sect of about 3m is dwarfed by the number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them political weight.

A resident, one of the thousands affecte...A resident, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between government soldiers and Muslim rebels, sits atop his wooden boat next to their makeshift shelter along the sea wall in Zamboanga City, in southern island of Mindanao on September 18, 2013, as military authorities ordered its troops to "neutralise  the remaining 30-40 rebels, who were roaming through houses in urban areas. Philippine soldiers pursued heavily armed Muslim rebels through the streets and homes of a major city September 18, warning they would be killed or captured unless they surrendered.    AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBETED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

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A resident, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between government soldiers and Muslim rebels, sits atop his wooden boat next to their makeshift shelter along the sea wall in Zamboanga City, in the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Wednesday Read more

Filipino soldiers clash against rebels in Zamboanga City...epa03869561 A Filipino army soldier peers from an armored personnel carrier (APC) on its way to the site of renewed clashes as it enters the second week of a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, 16 September 2013. At least 62 people have been killed in the fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in a southern Philippine city, a military spokesman said. More than 62,000 people have been displaced in the clashes between Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters and security forces in Zamboanga City, 875 kilometres south of Manila, that erupted on 09 September, the social welfare department said.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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A Filipino army soldier peers from an armored personnel carrier on its way to the site of renewed clashes as it enters the second week of a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, Philippines Read more

Fire in Manila...epa03702622 A Filipino vendor recovers items as a firefighter directs a water hose towards a burning shopping mall in Manila, Philippines, 16 May 2012. A fire that broke out early 16 May at the Divisoria Mall could take days to put out, estimated firefighters.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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A Filipino vendor recovers items as a firefighter directs a water hose towards a burning shopping mall in Manila in the Philippines on Thursday. The fire at the Divisoria Mall could take days to put out, firefighters said.