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Coronavirus: Most overseas Filipinos opt to stay put

People waiting to buy air tickets from the Cebu Pacific counter at Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Friday, the day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced a month-long lockdown of Metro Manila, starting today.
People waiting to buy air tickets from the Cebu Pacific counter at Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Friday, the day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced a month-long lockdown of Metro Manila, starting today. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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For more than 10 million Filipinos living abroad, the coronavirus makes them feel even more isolated from their country.

Many feel abandoned by their government, even though it has offered free charter flights to repatriate its workers in countries experiencing an outbreak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline Coronavirus: Most overseas Filipinos opt to stay put. Subscribe