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An anti-US protester dressed like the St...An anti-US protester dressed like the Statue of Liberty stands next to a giant mock US flag during a protest near the Malacanang palace in Manila on April 29, 2014, as US President Barack Obama's visit to the capital winds down. The protesters were protesting against the newly-signed defense agreement between the US and the Philippines, with President Obama ending an Asian tour April 29 with a warning to China against using force to resolve territorial disputes, and an "ironclad" promise of military support for the Philippines.     AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBETED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

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An anti-US protester dressed like the Statue of Liberty stands next to a giant mock US flag during a protest near the Malacanang palace in Manila, as US President Barack Obama‘s visit to the capital winds down. The protesters were protesting against the newly-signed defense agreement between the US and the Philippines. Read more

A Filipino activist holds a slogan near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, Monday April 28, 2014 during a rally to oppose the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and U.S. The U.S. military will have greater access to bases across the Philippines under the new 10-year agreement signed today in conjunction with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit and seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

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An activist holds a placard near the Malacañang presidential palace in Manila, during a rally opposing the Enhanced Defense Co-operation Agreement between the Philippines and US

A boy carries a throw pillow as he walks next to the ruins of his family's home after a squatter colony was demolished in Tondo, Manila April 23, 2014. Police and local officials said that about 500 shanties and illegal structures are being demolished as the government started clearing the area to widen the road and make way for the construction of a modernized port. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A boy walks among the ruins of his family’s home after a squatter colony was demolished in Tondo, Manila. Police and local officials said about 500 shanties and illegal structures were being demolished as the government started clearing the area to widen the road and make way for the construction of a modernised port.

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Protesters try to force their way closer to the US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday during a rally against next week’s visit by US president Barack Obama.

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A protester is prevented by police from placing a sticker on the logo of the US embassy during a rally in Manila, Philippines, ahead of a visit by US president Barack Obama. The US and Philippine governments are rushing to finalise, for possible signing, the so-called Agreement on Enhanced Defence Co-operation (AEDC) which will allow a larger US military presence in the country.

Man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles...A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila April 17, 2014. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

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A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila...An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila April 10, 2014. An estimated 30 hot air balloons participated in the event which aims to promote tourism in the Southeast Asian country, local media reported.

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An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila

Supporters of the controversial birth control or Reproductive Health (RH) law celebrate in front of the court's summer residence in Baguio City, Trinidad province, north of Manila on April 8, 2014, after the Philippine supreme court declared it as not unconstitutional. The Philippines' highest court approved on April 8, a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, in a stunning defeat for the powerful Catholic Church.

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Supporters of a controversial birth control law celebrate in front of the court in Baguio City, north of Manila, on Tuesday, after the Philippines supreme court declared it as not unconstitutional, as church groups had asserted

Filipino activists hold paper mache skulls  painted with US flags as they march outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines on Monday in a rally condemning the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to the country. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

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Filipino activists wear painted skull masks at a march outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, on Monday to condemn an upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the visiting forces agreement.

A Filipino student shouts anti-US slogans outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, 21 March 2014 in a rally condemning the docking of the USS Blue Ridge and the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to the country. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Obama is to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. The trip is part of his efforts to broaden US engagement in the Asia-Pacific region on all fronts, from strategic security issues to trade and diplomacy. Obama had originally planned an Asia trip for late 2013, but was forced to cancel during the budget and debt limit crisis that closed the US government for more than two weeks in October.

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A Filipino student protests outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, in a rally condemning the docking of the USS Blue Ridge and the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement.