The recent passage of a controversial law that provides free contraception has called into question the Church's social and political influence in the Philippines. It's also put the spotlight on activists who have been challenging the Church's power.
The Vergera family had 10 people before the storm. Now, there are three. They live on one meal a day amidst the debris, barricaded from thieves at night. But leaving is out of the question, at least for now.
At least 7,000 suspected drug users and pushers have been killed in the Philippines since July. Some include people who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities. The fear is reverberating throughout the country’s rehabs.