Working on a deep sea fishing vessel was already dangerous, but the pandemic has made a bad situation worse.
Ana P Santos
Manila-based freelance journalist covering public health. 2014 Pulitzer Center Miel Fellow and 2018 Atlantic Fellow.
Confined to their homes by lockdown, women have also found it difficult to access family planning services.
Filipinos forced to wait weeks on ships anchored in Manila Bay, as authorities struggle to organise testing, quarantine.
Government releasing 10,000 inmates, but campaigners say more has to be done because prisons are so overcrowded.
Experts fear lifting restrictions will trigger surge in new cases, but many people already suffering economic fallout.
Manila’s poor suffer as Philippines relies on military approach to deal with public health problem.
Philippine medical workers face derisory pay, outright hostility in a health system undermined by decades of neglect.
Religious gathering in Malaysia that drew 16,000 Muslims from about 30 countries linked to spike in COVID-19 cases.
Manila-based Ana Santos describes the logistical hurdles she went through trying to get home as the pandemic accelerated.
For daily wage earners, no work means no pay ‘so no choice’ and social distancing is impossible, critics say.