Taal Volcano in Batangas province in the Philippines continues to emit steam after an eruption on January 12, with a high-level alert still in place. Photo: AFP

‘Erupt already so we can get it over with’: Taal Volcano evacuees want to return home

  • Residents of towns near Taal Volcano in the Philippines want life to return to normal, venting their frustrations against scientists
  • But a Level 4 alert has been in place since the eruption on January 12, even though there has been little volcanic activity in recent days
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Taal Volcano in Batangas province in the Philippines continues to emit steam after an eruption on January 12, with a high-level alert still in place. Photo: AFP
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.