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Philippines Typhoon Response Highlights Weak Infrastructure

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MANILA (AP) -- Under a reforming president, the Philippines emerged as a rising economic star in Asia but the trail of death and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has highlighted a key weakness: fragile and patchy infrastructure after decades of neglect and corruption.

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Finally, Tacloban City starts burying dead

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TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 15 -- Workers in this typhoon-shattered city buried 100 of its thousands of dead in a hillside mass burial on Thursday.

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Romualdez: Letter form of resignation

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MANILA -- Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said Tuesday that the letter Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II had asked him to write may be “one form of resignation” and was advised by his lawyer not to write it.

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Relief efforts promote US interests in Asia, say experts

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WASHINGTON -- The US military’s relief efforts in the storm-ravaged Philippines will save lives, but also illustrate how humanitarian operations promote Washington’s interests in the Asia-Pacific region, experts said on Wednesday.

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Marcos asks why DSWD ‘seized’ goods

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TACLOBAN CITY -- Mayor Alfred Romualdez would rather stay mum for apparently being on the receiving end of criticism for the government’s lackluster approach to the “Yolanda” tragedy but his maternal cousin, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., stood up for the executive and had put the blame on the national government instead.

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Obama calls on US to aid storm-ravaged Philippines

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WASHINGTON -- US President Barack Obama on Wednesday encouraged Americans to donate money to support aid for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan “), which ripped through the Philippines, destroying life, property and infrastructure.

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More foreign, local corporate donations for ‘Yolanda’ victims roll in

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Aid from corporate donors, both here and overseas, continues to flow in despite the logjam in connecting relief efforts with survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

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Miracle’ baby born in typhoon rubble

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TACLOBAN --  Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a “miracle” girl in a typhoon-ravaged Philippine city, then named the baby after her mother who went missing in the storm.

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Daughter’s last words: ‘Ma, just let go… Save yourself’

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TACLOBAN CITY -- High school teacher Bernadette Tenegra, 44, would never forget the last words of her daughter.

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Typhoon Storm Chaser in Philippines: 'It Just Went Nuclear'

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On Thursday night, Nov. 8, 2013, storm chaser Josh Morgerman found himself in a hotel in what would become ground zero for one of the biggest storms in history: Tacloban City in the Philippines. That night, he said, it was quiet -- "eerily quiet."

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