A tale of two aliens

Marc Sueselbeck
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These are not the best of times, and this country is not the fun place the tourism posters say it is—not for many Filipinos who feel they’re getting poorer and poorer each day, not for human rights defenders nor political activists who’re being harassed and killed, and certainly not for the LGBT community.

In the latest Social Weather Stations survey, self-rated poverty increased in Metro Manila from a previous 37 percent to 43 percent. In the rest of Luzon it was 52 from 45 percent. Meanwhile, self-rated food poverty was up from 27 percent to 30 percent in Metro Manila and from 32 percent to 37 percent in the rest of Luzon.

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