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July 26, 2009 | John M. Glionna
Roel Robles had been on Pagasa Island for less than a week when he found himself wondering, with something like despair: Is it possible for one white-beached, palm-studded place to be both heaven and hell, paradise and prison? "When you first get there, you see this little island resort," said the 30-year-old sergeant in the Philippine National Police. "Then after about five days, something snaps. You begin telling yourself, 'I have to get out of here -- now, today.'
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July 26, 2009 | John M. Glionna
Roel Robles had been on Pagasa Island for less than a week when he found himself wondering, with something like despair: Is it possible for one white-beached, palm-studded place to be both heaven and hell, paradise and prison? "When you first get there, you see this little island resort," said the 30-year-old sergeant in the Philippine National Police. "Then after about five days, something snaps. You begin telling yourself, 'I have to get out of here -- now, today.'
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September 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
A Philippine governor said Monday that he has sent settlers and officials to an island guarded by Philippine troops in the South China Sea's disputed Spratlys archipelago to boost his country's territorial claim to the area. Gov. Joel Reyes of Palawan said about 90 Filipinos left the province Sunday aboard a navy ship for Pag-asa island to try to build a community there.
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