Philippines

Maid ‘abused’ by Saudi rescued after video goes viral


A video posted by a Filipino domestic servant suffering abuse at the hands of her Saudi employer has gone viral online. The video - which Nargelene Mendez published on her Facebook page - has even led the the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to intervene and bring her home. But not everyone in her situation dares to cry out for help so publicly. That's where our Observer comes in - he's a Filipino at the head of a secret organisation in Saudi Arabia that comes to the rescue of his fellow compatriots. Read more...
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Tacloban Survivor: 'My parents were so happy to see me alive'

Marcelo Maloon Jr. was getting ready to take his nursing exams when the typhoon hit. He left his belongings at his home in Tacloban to take shelter with friends in a nearby hotel, hoping to return after the storm. He came back to find a pile of debris where his home had once stood. Read more...

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Philippines typhoon: 'We're worried some of the aid could be diverted'

 
Four days after the strongest typhoon in recorded history wreaked havoc on the Philippines, government relief efforts are still lagging behind and many of the survivors are struggling to fend for themselves. Read more...
 

In pictures: Deadly typhoon wreaks havoc in the Philippines

 
What could be one of the biggest storms in history slammed into the Philippines Friday morning, destroying homes and leaving many families cut off from the outside world. Read more...

Philippines flash floods: "We were unprepared"

 
The Philippines are preparing for the mass burial of scores of bodies after flash floods left more than 900 people dead in the southern island of Mindanao. Our Observer there says that while typhoons are common in his country, Mindanao usually escapes the worst of the damage, meaning that residents were unprepared. Read more…

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Philippine students are lying down to stand up for what they believe

 
An unusual form of protest is sweeping the Philippines. Demonstrators gather in a specific location, and lie face down on the floor with their arms by their sides. It’s a way to get political messages across, and it appears to be working – one congressman has already called for “planking” to be banned. Read more and see photos...
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