metro manila

EMERGENCY IN METRO MANILA.

PLAIN CLOTHES POLICE ARMED WITH GUNS ARE ENACTING WARRANTLESS RAIDS ON CIVILIANS, PLANTING DRUGS AND UNLAWFULLY ARRESTING LAWYERS WHO ARE GETTING IN THEIR WAY. THIS IS HAPPENING AGAIN TONIGHT IN MAKATI AND QUEZON CITY AT BARS AND CAFÉS.

THIS IS NOT A JOKE. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT FILIPINO, PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FILIPINO FOLLOWERS AND FRIENDS. UNLAWFUL, WARRANTLESS ARRESTS ARE HAPPENING IN AN ANTI DRUG WAR THAT HAS KILLED OVER 20,000 PEOPLE. NOBODY IS SAFE. THE POLICE ARE LYING ANG KILLING. DUTERTE’S ADMIN IS LYING AND KILLING. KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE!!!

PHILIPPINES. Pasay city. October 2, 2016. They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals. Police investigators near the body of Michael Araja, 29, who neighbours said was killed by two men riding by on a motorbike, as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs.

General News, First Prize, Stories at the 2017 World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

THE PHOTO UPDATE I TRIED TO GIVE YOU EARLIER!

::best Sting impression:: “I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an American in Manila…” (I know, but go with it, okay?)

I’m official for another six months, and pick up my registered alien resident ID card in a few weeks down at the Immigration office. :-)

Everyone who has Netflix should watch Metro Manila. It’s in Tagalog with English subtitles. It has an all-Filipino cast. The direction, screenplay, and script is amazing. The social commentary is raw and close to home.

The story is about a man who moves his family from the rice terraces in the Philippines to Metro Manila without any resources. He finds dangerous work and the movie takes a turn, but the story is first and foremost emotionally driven.

PHILIPPINES. Pasay city. July 23, 2016. Jennelyn Olayres, 26, cradles the body of her partner Michael Siaron, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group, according to police, in a spate of drug related killings. Siaron was killed by suspected vigilantes acting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to kill all the country’s drug dealers. A sign written on cardboard found near the body reads “Pusher Ako”, which translates to “I am a drug pusher.”

Photograph: Czar Dancel/Reuters

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Adventuring Around the Philippines

Little snippets of what I was up to during my month long stay to visit friends, family, and the country. Ended up going to a whole bunch of places: Batangas, Pampanga, Nalusuan Island and Oslob in Cebu, Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan, Tanay, Pililla to name the major trips! Shot with my T2i and my GoPro Hero 3. 

by Paolo Nacpil 

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