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Filipinos walk along the road destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake  in Cortez  town, Bohol province, central Philippines, 16 October 2013. The death toll in a powerful earthquake in the Philippines has risen to 144, the national disaster risk management agency said 16 October.  At least 23 were reported missing and believed trapped in collapsed buildings in Bohol Province, 640 kilometres south of Manila, it added. Nearly 300 were injured in October 15  magnitude-7.2 tremor, the worst to hit the Philippines in two decades.

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Filipinos walk along a road destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Cortez town, Bohol province, central Philippines. The death toll after the earthquake has risen to 144, the national disaster risk management agency said on Wednesday. At least 23 were reported missing and believed trapped in collapsed buildings in Bohol Province, 640km south of Manila, it added. Nearly 300 were injured in the tremor, the worst to hit the Philippines in two decades.

A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

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A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

The Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin is interviewed by a horde of reporters during a break in his team's practice at the Mall of Asia Arena at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Lin has easily stolen the spotlight as the Houston Rockets practice for this week's first ever NBA preseason game against the Indiana Pacers in the basketball-obsessed Philippines.

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The Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin is interviewed by a horde of reporters during a break in his team’s practice at the Mall of Asia Arena at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Lin has easily stolen the spotlight as the Houston Rockets practice for this week’s first ever NBA preseason game against the Indiana Pacers in the basketball-obsessed Philippines.

Children take advantage of a busted water pipe which was damaged overnight by a construction company as they take a bath Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines.

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Children play on a flooded street after a water pipe was damaged by a construction company in Quezon City in the Philippines

Filipino riflemen shoot fish at a flood control facility in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 24 September 2013. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 27 people had been killed and 50,000 individuals were affected by Typhoon Usagi on the country's main island of Luzon. Another 14,000 families have been affected by days of heavy downpour caused by monsoon rain enhanced by Tropical Storm Pabuk in Metro Manila and near-by provinces, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said.

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Filipino riflemen shoot fish at a flood control facility in Taguig city, south of Manila in the Philippines on Tuesday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 27 people had been killed and 50,000 were affected by Typhoon Usagi on the country’s main island of Luzon. Another 14,000 families have been affected by days of heavy downpour caused by monsoon rain enhanced by tropical storm Pabuk in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the social welfare department said.

A resident wades through chest-deep floodwaters along a street while his neighbours paddle an improvised life raft in Manila after torrential rains pounded Luzon island worsened by Typhoon Usagi.

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A resident wades through chest-deep floodwaters along a street while his neighbours paddle an improvised life raft in Manila after torrential rains pounded Luzon island worsened by Typhoon Usagi.

Evacuees line up to receive their food ration as fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels continues in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Philippine president has asked the last remaining pockets of rebel holdouts still holding residents hostage in coastal communities in the south to surrender and save their lives, adding a major offensive he was overseeing to end the 11-day standoff may be nearing an end.

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Evacuees line up to receive their food ration as fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels continues in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Philippine president has asked the last remaining pockets of rebel holdouts still holding residents hostage in coastal communities in the south to surrender and save their lives, adding that a major offensive he was overseeing to end the 11-day standoff may be nearing an end

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 

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 

Filipino army soldiers stand behind an armoured personnel carrier on the fifth day of a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines

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Soldiers in the Philippines stand behind an armoured personnel carrier on the fifth day of a stand-off between government troops and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga city, on the island of Mindanao 

A resident looks at burning houses during a fire fight between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels as stand-off entered its fourth day in Zamboanga City on the southern island of Mindanao.

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A young Filipino stands amid burning houses after a fire fight between Philippine forces and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga City, on the southern island of Mindanao. The stand-off between government troops and rebels holed up in the southern city, entered its fourth day on Thursday. 

Smoke billows into the air behind government soldiers as fire rages in a residential district caused after a clash between government soldiers and Muslim rebels from the MNLF in Zamboanga city.

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Government soldiers in a residential district of Zamboanga city in the Philippines, during clashes between government forces and Muslim rebels from the MNLF 

A vendor sells pig masks during an interfaith prayer vigil calling for the abolishment of the "pork barrel" funds under the Priority Development Assistance Fund at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon city, Manila

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A vendor in Quezon city, Manila sells pig masks on Wednesday during an interfaith prayer vigil calling for the abolishment of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, also known as “pork barrel”, a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress.

A girl, one of the thousands affected by flooding due to heavy rains exacerbated by Tropical Storm Trami, cries after a cup of congee she received slipped from her hands during a food distribution in Marikina, east of Manila on August 21, 2013, as rains pounded the capital city for the third day.  Heavy rain pounded the Philippine capital and surrounding areas for a third day August 21, adding to the misery of nearly 300,0000 exhausted people displaced from their flooded homes.

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A young girl is distressed after a cup of congee (rice porridge) she received during a food distribution in Marikina, east of Manila, slipped from her hands. The girl is one of the thousands of people affected by flooding brought on by tropical storm Trami, which has been pounding the Philippine capital for a third day on Wednesday

Residents wade through a flooded street in Manila on August 20, 2013. Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help on August 20 as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.

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Residents wade through a flooded street in Manila. Flooded residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help on Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.

Workers wade through floodwaters caused by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Kawit town of Cavite city

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Workers wade through floodwaters caused by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Kawit, Cavite province, south of Manila, on Monday. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital forced the closure of government offices, schools, banks and most private companies on Monday, and residents in parts of the city and nearby provinces had to flee from their homes because of floods.

Children play in the waves caused by Typhoon Utor along a sea wall in the suburbs of Manila.

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Children play in the waves caused by Typhoon Utor along a sea wall in the suburbs of Manila, Philippines

TOPSHOTS Residents wade through water se...TOPSHOTS Residents wade through water searching for salvageable materials after a fire razed a slum area in Manila on July 24, 2013. Almost 200 houses were destroyed, leaving 400 residents homeless, according to a local media report.   AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents wade through water searching for anything that can be salvaged after a fire razed a slum area in Manila. Almost 200 houses were destroyed, leaving 400 residents homeless, according to a local media report. 

Protesters display placards during a rally against China outside the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. Hundreds of people in the Philippine capital protested Wednesday against China's claim to much of the vast South China Sea

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Protesters display placards during a rally against China outside the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. Hundreds protested on Wednesday against China’s claim to much of the vast South China Sea.

Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila...Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila July 18, 2013. Picture taken July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Street children sleep under a bridge in Parañaque city, Metro Manila