'The monster is no longer afraid to show its face'

(MANILA) – Growing up in a rough neighbourhood south of Manila, I once found myself in a street fight with a boy my age. I was eight or nine at the time, and the older boys had pitted me against an opponent to prove that I was man enough to join their gang.

I remember that as I raised my fists, the boy in front of me, with menace in his eyes, said: “My father is Metrocom.”

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