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Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year's Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines...Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year's Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 4, 2014. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. Picture taken November 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Erik De Castro   (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Residents ride their motorcycles past a ship which ran aground during last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines November. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. 

Filipino student protesters burn a mock US flag during a rally outside the US embassy in Manila. The group stormed the US embassy demanding to hand over a US Marine who allegedly killed a transgender person in northern Philippines.

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Filipino student protesters burn a mock US flag during a rally outside the US embassy in Manila. The group stormed the US embassy demanding to hand over a US Marine who allegedly killed a transgender person in northern Philippines.

A Filipino boy swims among washed up rubbish in Manila bay, the Philippines, 23 September 2014. Countries and organizations began to announce measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and divest in fossil fuels on the one-day UN Climate Summit, where more pledges to reduce climate change are expected. Addressing the controversial issue of taxing or trading in carbon emissions, the World Bank on 22 September 2014, identified at least 73 countries that advocate putting a price on the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They represent a combined 54 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, and include major emitters China, Russia and members of the European Union, emerging markets Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa, and vulnerable island countries including the Philippines, Kiribati and Nauru.  EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

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A Filipino boy swims among the washed-up rubbish in Manila bay, the Philippines. Countries have begun announcing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut fossil fuels during the one-day UN Climate Summit in New York

Flood victims  are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila September 19, 2014. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital, Manila, caused flooding in many areas on Friday, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets as a tropical storm made landfall to the north. Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were moved to higher ground, officials said, as flood waters rose quickly after the equivalent of half a month's usual rain fell in six hours.

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Flood victims are evacuated in a rescue boat after their homes were swamped by heavy flooding in Marikina, Metro Manila. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital, Manila, caused flooding in many areas on Friday, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets as a tropical storm made landfall to the north

A local health worker administers a vaccine at a local health center at the financial district of Makati, east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The World Health Organization and the British government are working with the Philippine Department of Health, UNICEF and a host of other partners to help deliver a month-long campaign to immunize children against Measles, Rubella, commonly known as German measles, and Polio which aims to immunize 13 million children nationwide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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A local health worker administers a vaccine at a local health centre at the financial district of Makati, Manila

Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on August 28, 2014 near where informal settlers' homes were recently demolished.  The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said on August 28. Officials said in April that amongst their new targets is the lowering of the country's poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016.

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Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on Thursday, near where informal settlers’ homes were recently demolished

Filipino zoo owner Manny Tangco kisses his Japanese koi carp inside the Malabon Zoo, north of Manila, Philippines. The zoo is one of the largest in the Philippines, borne out of a backyard hobby and passion for animals.

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Zoo owner Manny Tangco kisses his Japanese koi carp at the Malabon Zoo, north of Manila, Philippines. The zoo is one of the largest in the country, created from a hobby and passion for animals.

Flood in Bataan province brought by Typhoon Halong.

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Children swim in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in the town of Hermosa, Bataan province, Philippines, on Tuesday

Protesters clash with riot police during President Aquino III's state of the nation address...epa04333631 Filipino anti-riot policemen use water cannon to disperse protestors attempting to reach the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 28 July 2014, during the state of the nation address (SONA) by Philippine president Benigno Aquino III. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Philippine capital , police said, during    President Benigno Aquino's annual state of the nation address.Police blocked off a main road leading to the House of Representatives compound in the Manila suburban city of Quezon, forcing the demonstrators to gather about three kilometres away. They brought an effigy of Aquino as a thief, accusing him of reneging on a vow to fight corruption by implementing an economic stimulus programme that allows for the discretionary distribution of state funds. The more than 3-billion-dollar programme was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but Aquino's government appealed that decision.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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Riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines during the annual state of the nation address by president Benigno Aquino III. 

TOPSHOTS A homeless family lives under a...TOPSHOTS A homeless family lives under a statue in Manila on July 24, 2014.  The Philippines' roaring economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Super Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit harder than expected, official data showed.  AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless family live under statues in Manila. The Philippines’ economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit hard, official data showed. 

A Filipino boy plays inside a large metal tube that will be used to repair an old bridge in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines.

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A Filipino boy plays inside a large metal tube that will be used to repair an old bridge in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines.

Typhoon Rammasun aftermath recovery.

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A Filipino boy carries a fish washed up by floods at a lake in Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. It follows the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, which killed 60 people and left nearly 2m in the capital and eastern provinces without power.

Typhoon Rammasun aftermath recovery...epa04319082 Filipino typhoon victim children play inside a gymnasium converted into a temporary evacuation center in the city of Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines, 17 July 2014. The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, killed 38 people and left nearly 2 million in the capital and eastern provinces without power for a second day, disaster management officials said on 16 July.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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Filipino children displaced by Typhoon Rammasun play inside a gymnasium converted into an evacuation centre in the city of Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines. The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, killed 38 people and left nearly 2m in the capital and eastern provinces without power for a second day, disaster management officials said. 

U.S. Marines prepare to maneuver their AAVs (Amphibious Assault Vehicles) following the joint U.S.-Philippines naval exercise, dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Naval Education and Training Center at San Antonio township, Zambales province in northwestern Philippines. More than 100 Filipino and U.S. Marines in assault amphibious vehicles conducted a mock assault on imaginary enemies in military drills Monday on a beach in northwestern Philippines fronting the South China Sea, where Manila is locked in a territorial dispute with China.

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US marines prepare to manoeuvre their AAVs (Amphibious Assault Vehicles) following the joint US-Philippines naval exercise, dubbed Co-operation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), on Monday, at the Naval Education and Training Center at San Antonio township, Zambales province, in northwestern Philippines

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. 

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

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

Volunteers light candles during the "Light of Peace in the Philippines" event in Oton town at Iloilo province, central Philippines. The event achieved a Guinness world record for the largest candle-lit image with 56,690 candles forming the map of the Philippines, breaking the previous record held by Pakistan in December 2009 with 35,478 candles. The largest flaming image using candles was done by 100,000 volunteers to celebrate world peace, local media reported.

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Volunteers light candles during the “Light of Peace in the Philippines” event in Oton town in Iloilo province, central Philippines. The event achieved a Guinness world record for the largest candle-lit image with 56,690 candles forming the map of the country.

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