Business owner Jefferson Catimbang braced himself as Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte made the big announcement. On 16 March, a month-long quarantine was declared in Luzon—the main island group in the country, which includes the capital, Manila—to quell rising Covid-19 cases. With the order taking effect the very next day, Catimbang had a few hours to…

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Jum Balea

Jum is a Manila-based reporter for The Ken, where she covers startups and business across Southeast Asia, with a focus on the Philippines. She previously was editor for Tech In Asia, and business editor for Philippine media companies Rappler and ABS-CBN.

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