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Articles by Iris Gonzales
A fine kettle of fish
visits Manila’s largest fish port, where the effects of an international dispute are playing out.
Vaccine hopes and fears
The complications of the vaccine rollout in the Philippines are myriad,
A bloody business
reflects on a violent national obsession that has only grown under coronavirus restrictions in the Philippines.
Holding out for a hero
reflects on the human cost of the state’s war against its critics.
Letter from Manila
on a most unusual homecoming.
Defiant Maria Ressa fights arrest
The harassment of a leading Filipina journalist is a bad sign for press freedom in the Philippines, writes
Fighting Mr Fake
How editor Maria Ressa took on the president of the Philippines.
tells the story.
The story of Kian
A 17-year-old is another victim of Duterte’ war on drugs, writes
Civil war, mental illness, poverty, gang violence: the many roots of homelessness
We talked to homeless in different countries and they revealed housing insecurity's different causes around the world.
The violence of the Duterte regime in the Philippines and the devotion of his fans, as witnessed by
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Duterte’s drug war threatens Philippine democracy
On this International Day of Democracy,
reports on the heavy-handed campaign of the country’s president.
Photo Gallery: visualizing Philippine democracy through UN SDGs
For International Day of Democracy,
offers snap shots of the country's corruption, poverty and drug war.
Philippines’ war on drugs is ‘steamrolling the rule of law’
Human rights organizations have called for global intervention into the crisis,
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Where is Asia in the world?
reports on a conference seeking to create a fairer economy for a region notorious for cheap labour and exploitation by the West.
Unfulfilled promises and unrelenting poverty
looks back on a difficult year for the Philippines.
‘I aim to help integrate the Deaf and the hearing together in unity’
meets an inspiring woman who refuses to be defined by her disability.
Motherhood is a personal journey
Rather than criticizing others’ parenting styles, let’s just be the best we can be, says
Winner takes all – Obama gets his way in the Philippines
reflects on a very one-sided state visit by the US President.
Zamboanga, a city under siege
While all eyes were on Kenya, another devastating attack was taking place in the Philippines.
Philippine ‘comfort women’ still waiting for justice
Osaka mayor’s words anger women raped by Japanese soldiers during the Second World War, as
Welcome to Manila, the gates of hell
Novelist Dan Brown’s description is sadly apt, says
Overseas Filipino Workers – heroes at home, exploited abroad
is surrounded by fellow Filipinos forced to find jobs away from their families.
A counterfeit life in a Philippines slum
Informal dwellers are struggling to survive in Metro Manila, says
Marcos atrocities: the pain continues
The Philippines still bears the scars of military dictatorship, which was imposed 40 years ago this month, says
Time to end feudalism in the Philippines
Farmers have always been badly treated – by landlords as by presidents. But could things be about to change?
Culture of impunity thrives in the Philippines
A year in to his presidency, Benigno Aquino III has failed to address human rights concerns, says
Education is a right, not a privilege! say Filipino protesters
Student attempts to occupy Manila may have been thwarted – but the protests will continue, says
A woman's life inside
meets women at a Filipino prison and can't help thinking they should not be locked up.
Condom-wearing Jesus causes uproar in the Philippines
An art installation by visual and performance artist Mideo Cruz has upset the establishment, but surely the Catholic Church is missing the point?
A school of their own
Despite all the hardships, a school for indigenous children in the Philippines is a story of hope, courage and inspiration.
Poverty elimination, Marcos-style
What can Imelda Marcos say about poverty alleviation?