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epa05387047 Filipino army soldiers parade during Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin's (unseen) visit to a military camp in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 24 June 2016. According to defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin, the armed forces of the Philippines continue pursuing the Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines as the terrorist group abducted anew seven Indonesian sailors. The Islamist Abu Sayyaf group released Filipino hostage Marites Flor, western Mindanao command spokesman Filemon Tan said.  EPA/EUGENIO LORETO

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Filipino army soldiers parade during Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin’s (unseen) visit to a military camp in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines

Motorists are pictured behind a glass during rush hours along Ayala Avenue in Manila's financial district Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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Motorists during rush hour along Ayala Avenue in Manila’s financial district Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

A man sleeps amidst rubbish under a bridge in Paranaque city, Metro Manila...A man sleeps amidst rubbish under a bridge in Paranaque city, Metro Manila, Philippines May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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A man sleeps amidst rubbish under a bridge in Paranaque city, Manila

Philippine Military Academy graduation ceremony

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Filipino cadets marching during the graduation rites of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA), in the northern resort city of Baguio, Philippines.

nformal settlers clash with police during a demolition...epa05202233 An informal settler throws a bottle at riot police during a demolition in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, 09 March 2016. According to Sheriff Bienvenido Reyes Jr. of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 98, a court ordered the demolition of some 80 homes in a 2,000-square meter private property. Informal settlers called for the suspension of the demolition job until they are provided with a decent relocation site.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

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An informal settler throws a bottle at riot police during a demolition in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines

A resident walks with an umbrella past Alabang Town Center, an upscale mall in Ayala Alabang Village, in Alabang, Metro Manila...A resident walks with an umbrella past Alabang Town Center, an upscale mall in Ayala Alabang Village, in Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines February 17, 2016.

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A resident walks with an umbrella past Alabang Town Center, an upscale mall in Ayala Alabang Village, in Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines

A resident walks amongst debris of destroyed houses after a fire razed a residential area in Manila on Friday. Almost 300 houses were destroyed on January 22, affecting more than 400 families according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)

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A resident walks amongst debris of destroyed houses after a fire razed a residential area in Manila on Friday

Fire in Manila leaves 80 families homeless...epa05115144 Filipinos search for salvageable materials following a fire in Manila, Philippines, 21 January 2016. The fire which hit a residential area in Manila left 80 families homeless according to local reports.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

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Filipinos search for salvageable materials following a fire in Manila, Philippines, The fire which hit a residential area in Manila left 80 families homeless according to local reports 

Devotees raise their hands next to a replica of the Black Nazarene in Manila ahead of the annual religious procession, during which hundreds of thousands of barefoot Catholic devotees will honour an ebony statue of Jesus Christ, which they believe has miraculous powers

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Devotees raise their hands next to a replica of the Black Nazarene in Manila ahead of the annual religious procession, during which hundreds of thousands of barefoot Catholic devotees will honour an ebony statue of Jesus Christ, which they believe has miraculous powers

Armed Forces of the Philippines 80th Anniversary celebration at Clark airbase

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Filipino soldiers conduct a military drill during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 80th Anniversary celebration at Clark airbase in Angeles City, Pampanga province, Philippines, on Monday 

Children commute in a water basin at a flooded market in Candaba, Pampanga, north of Manila on Friday. Vast swathes of farmlands inundated by Typhoon Koppu in October were flooded again this week by rains from Typhoon Melor and the flooding could worsen or spread to other areas as a second storm in less than a week threatens the country.

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Children commute in a water basin at a flooded market in Candaba, Pampanga, north of Manila on Friday. Vast swathes of farmlands inundated by Typhoon Koppu in October were flooded again this week by rains from Typhoon Melor

Filipino villagers maneuver on floodwater in the typhoon-hit town of La Paz, Tarlac province, southern Manila, Philippines, 17 December 2015. Relief officials on 16 December 2015 rushed aid to tens of thousands of people affected by a typhoon that left at least 12 people dead as a new tropical depression entered Philippine territory. The weather bureau said the tropical depression was spotted Wednesday afternoon 650km off Mati City, in the southern province of Davao Oriental. The arrival of the new tropical depression comes on the heels of Typhoon Melor, which pummeled the Philippines during the past three days. The weather bureau said a weakened Melor, with maximum sustained winds of 100kph near the center and gusts of up to 130kph, continued to move westward at 7kph in the South China Sea.

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Filipino villagers maneuver on floodwater in the typhoon-hit town of La Paz, Tarlac province, southern Manila, Philippines, on Thursday

A Filipino villager burns debris in the typhoon-hit town of Donsol, Sorsogon province, southern Manila, Philippines on Wednesday. Philippine relief officials rushed aid to tens of thousands of people affected by a typhoon that left at least nine people dead. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said large swathes of the eastern and central Philippines have been affected by Typhoon Melor, which is now moving slowly into the South China Sea. The agency said several provinces remained without power and communications as Melor toppled trees, electric posts and flattened houses along its path. Several roads and bridges remained impassable due to flash floods and landslides.

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A Filipino villager burns debris in the typhoon-hit town of Donsol, Sorsogon province, southern Manila, Philippines on Wednesday

 Filipino evacuees walk on a path with debris in the typhoon-hit town of Juban, Sorsogon province, southern Philippines, 15 December 2015. Typhoon Melor weakened slightly as it barreled through the Philippine islands. causing power outages in towns and cities along its path and forcing thousands to flee their homes, officials said. It said 733,150 people had fled their homes amid threats of sea surges, flash floods and landslides.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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Filipino evacuate the typhoon-hit town of Juban, Sorsogon province, southern Philippines, on Tuesday

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A fireman douses a fire that gutted shanty town near a jail in Manila on Friday, as residents try to help. Hundreds of inmates were evacuated while thousands were left homeless after a massive fire hit a shanty town in the Philippine capital

A Filipino transgender woman holds a huge red ribbon symbolizing fight against the HIV virus as she poses before photographers, during a World Aids Day celebration in Manila, Philippines, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A Filipino transgender woman holds a huge red ribbon symbolising the fight against the HIV virus as she poses before photographers during a World Aids Day celebration in Manila, Philippines today.

Filipinos search for salvageable materials following a fire in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines, 26 November 2015. At least 1,000 families were displaced after a fire razed through homes in a residential area in Mandaluyong City, reports said

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Filipinos search for salvageable materials following a fire in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. At least 1,000 families were displaced after a fire razed through homes in a residential area in Mandaluyong City

Fire razes homes in Mandaluyong, Manila...epa05040806 Filipino, Fil Binay (L) battles to contain a fire in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines, 25 November 2015. The cause of the fire which reached the general alarm is still unknown.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

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Filipino, Fil Binay battles to contain a fire in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines 

A vendor of used magazines sleeps along a street in Manila on Monday

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A vendor of used magazines sleeps along a street in Manila on Monday

Filipino activists scuffle  with anti-riot police during a protest rally against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Manila, Philippines, 16 November 2015. According to the statement of the protesters, they blamed the APEC on the collapse of local business, low wages and environmental degradation. The Philippines will hosts the summit on 18 and 19 November.

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Filipino activists scuffle with anti-riot police during a protest rally against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Manila, Philippines, on Monday. Protesters blamed the APEC on the collapse of local business, low wages and environmental degradation