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Philippine president to camp in Tacloban

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - The president of the Philippines came to visit the typhoon disaster region in his country today and decided to stay.

President Benigno Aquino III says he will camp out in typhoon-battered Leyte province until he sees more progress in the aid effort following complaints from survivors that they have yet to receive proper help.

Aquino is expected to set up camp in Tacloban, the capital of hardest-hit province, but it is not clear where. Virtually every building in the city was damaged or destroyed. The death toll is now nearly 4,000 people, according to the latest official count, with about 1,200 missing.

Electricity and running water are in critically short supply.

Earlier in the day, thousands of Filipinos, many still homeless and grieving, flocked to dozens of churches for Sunday Mass.


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