On the December 12th 1999, nobody could have imagined that within a matter of weeks, the world would turn black and inky. A virus, the likes of which the world had never seen, was about to sweep the entire planet. Many had feared that the new millennium would bring about the apocalypse on January 1st 2000, and the world would laugh at them when their predictions never came true.
Will the world turn into Roland Emmerich's vision of Bendy and the Ink Machine?
11:34 PM, January 2nd 2000: In Caloocan, an area in Manila in the Philippines, a vet treating a Yorkshire terrier apparently infected with a strange virus is bitten by the dog, which strangely enough is colorless, only has black eyes leaking ink and no other facial features, except for a mouth which has sharp black teeth and an equally-black tongue. He restrains the animal and immediately attempts to clean the wound with cold water and anti-viral wipes, but it begins to leak ink as well. An ambulance arrives soon after and takes him to New Area General Hospital for stitches. By the time the ambulance reaches the hospital, the bite is showing signs of infection, veins now showing and turning black, and the man is dipping in and out of consciousness.
He is taken to Intensive Care as his condition deteriorates. Doctors determine quickly he has been infected with the rabies virus, but none are certain as to why it is affecting patient 0 so quickly as it can often take weeks for the strange virus to affect people like this after being exposed. The patient is transferred to Quarantine and experts are called in from Davao to evaluate him. Tests show that he has indeed been infected with the virus the dog had carried, but it appears to have mutated into a far more dangerous strain.
Six hours after being bitten, the man suddenly sits up on the bed, his skin darkening, his eyes all black, ink leaking from them as well as dark horns made of ink, and leaking more ink from some areas around his body. He was no longer human but a different entity called a Derpee, much to the shock of hospital staff, and lunges at a nearby virologist grabbing his arm and biting down hard, tearing a chunk of flesh away. The patient gets off the bed and runs at another doctor, grabbing and biting him. A security guard rushes into the room and restrains the patient. However, he too, is bitten. The patient is handcuffed to the bed and secured. The three staff who have been bitten are taken for treatment. Within an hour, all three men who were bitten are complaining of nausea and headaches. An hour after that, they are coughing up their now-darkening blood and losing consciousness for several minutes at a time. Three hours after being bitten, the security guard attacks a nurse treating him, biting her, before being restrained by another security guard. 20 minutes later, the virologist who had been bitten turns and bites four staff members before being restrained.
6:05am, January 3rd 2000: A group of 15 infected broke into the intensive care unit, overpowering doctors and security guard who tried to stop them. The patients in the ICU, wounded in various accidents (fires, car crashes, stabbings, etc) were defenseless against the attackers. The infected began to claw and bite and vomit ink at the people lying in the beds, many hooked up to life support machines. Within a few minutes, all patients in the ICU had been killed. Patients in other wards came to see what the noise was all about, only to be pounced upon by the infected, all turned Derpees. The Derpees rampage through the wards, killing dozens of people and infecting many more. By 1:00 PM, the remainder of the hospitals patients, as well as the police and security still left inside, had been evacuated from the building.
Several patients and staff who had been bitten were being treated in the hospital car park where tents had been set up to accommodate for the wounded as the building was no longer safe. By the time they realised what was happening to those who were bitten it was too late. By 2 o'clock, many more people who were being treated in the makeshift car park hospital were turning and attacking those treating them.
Police attempted to restore order, killing several infected in the process but still he number of infected grew, forcing the police to retreat back to Commonwealth Avenue, and eventually from the area around the hospital all together. As 3 o'clock drew near, the infected had spilled out of the hospital and into the neigbouring parts of the city, killing and infecting as they went. Two hours later, the police had been pushed back to Don Mariano Marcos Avenue, just past the Central Temple of the Iglesia ni Cristo. The arrival of riot police and armed response units managed to hold the infected back and slow their spread for a while. But more and more people were becoming infected and turned into Derpees, and that meant the police were becoming outnumbered.
The infection spreads
Within 30 hours of patient 0 arriving at the hospital, there were close to 350 cases of the virus in Quezon City with more than 200 people killed outright by the infected. Police started to arrive from neigbouring police stations to lend support, but even they could not significantly stem the spread of the virus. At 5:30 PM, the Philhealth Trust that had run New Era General Hospital sent information to the Home Office and the Department of Health regarding what they thought to be an out-of-this-world virus. At the same time, President Joseph Estrada was also being informed over the phone by Chief of Manila Police District Avelino Razon of how bad the situation was becoming, and he even asked for military assistance claiming that: "It's as though Hell itself has set upon Manila...everybody's killing each other, there's massacres going on all over the place. We need help and we need it now!"
The Knights of Rizal and Manila Police were dispatched shortly afterward with orders to shoot to kill any and all infected. By the 40th hour of the outbreak, the number of Derpees rose to 2000+ with at least 800 killed. At 7:00 PM the President declared Pasay City under a state of emergency and surrounding areas. The following is from Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno's press conference regarding the Quezon City outbreak:
“At 1:30 PM yesterday afternoon, police received at least 126 "117" calls from staff in the vicinity of New Era General Hospital regarding a violent disturbance. Since then, the situation has escalated onto the streets of Quezon City with casualties believed to be in the thousands. As the Chief Medical Officer said earlier, it is absolutely vital that the public remain in their homes and avoid all contact with infected individuals. Anyone currently in Quezon City is asked to seek shelter immediately. If you are not in your home and are incapable getting back home please head to the nearest church, school or community center. Quezon City Police, in conjunction with local government, have set up protected shelters within these buildings. Locations of these safe zones are being e-mailed to all major news outlets as I speak. I would like to stress the need for calm, and that the situation is under control. Rumors that emergency services have collapsed or have fled are completely baseless. Police units from neighboring stations are beginning to arrive, as is a contingent of troops from the Knights of Rizal in an effort to restore law and order to the area."
Contrary to the Interior and Local Government Secretary's assurances, emergency call centers had been overwhelmed with calls for help and the city's police force had taken heavy casualties. Ambulance and fire crews were coming under frequent attack and there had been several cases of police officers deserting and fleeing Quezon City with their families. In a widely reported case, a fire crew attending a fire in the Avida Towers Vita was attacked by a group of infected. They held their ground by shooting water from their hoses at the infected for a few minutes until being forced to withdraw as more infected arrived. That fire spread throughout the Avida Towers and nearly a dozen buildings burned down, and over 75 people died in the flames. A few hours after that incident, the city's 117 call services were suspended due to call center overload and the danger of infected attack on emergency crews attending incidents.
Instead of responding to individual calls, ambulance and fire services were stationed in secure areas of the city, and only responded to incidents in said secure areas. Likewise, police set up defensive perimeters around these secure areas, although they would not be secure much longer. Emergency Services were starting to fall apart all across Quezon City, and the population was soon left to fend for themselves. The first soldiers began to arrive on the 6th of August, and set up checkpoints on the outskirts of Quezon City to prevent the infected getting out, effectively quarantining the entire city. 137 uninfected civilians were shot dead trying to break through the quarantine that day. The soldiers killed at least 300 infected in only a couple of hours, but more and more kept coming. By the early hours of 4th January, the Army, along with the remnants of Manila Police, had pulled out of the city and helped bolster the defenses set up to impose the quarantine.
According to top secret figures circulating within the various government agencies and departments involved, the numbers of Derpees were exceeding 40,000, with more than 8,000 dead. Government advisors warned that the situation was out of control and to brace for a possible larger scale crisis that could spread beyond Pasay. The dog that started the ordeal was taken to De La Salle University, and was revealed to have actually been a Derpoer, a demonic dog from a parallel universe populated by ink creatures, according to studies from the University of the Philippines's College of Mythology.
Virus breaks through the quarantine zone
On the 6th January, four days since the first cases of the virus were reported, the infected were attempting break through the army blockades surrounding Quezon City. Mortars, machine guns and even heavy artillery were used to hold off the onslaught, and for a while, it seemed to work. But more and more infected kept pouring out of the city, and ammo was starting to run low. The troops fought valiantly, and even support from PAF close air support was not enough to turn the tide. At 11:12 PM, the main army blockade on the Pan-Philippine Highway, just outside Quezon City was finally overrun. In the next few hours, the remaining blockades were abandoned as the troops were ordered to pull back. On the 9th of January, the President ordered an additional 10,000 troops to the NCR to help contain the virus.
ABS-CBN News reports
January 2nd - "And to round up today's news, an incident has been reported at New Era General Hospital. At least three people have been murdered by an unspecified number of attackers, with at least ten injured, four critically. Police have declined to comment further."
January 3rd 9:00 AM - "Welcome to ABS-CBN News Plus and the headlines this morning, a riot at New Era General Hospital. At least 30 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more injured. Unconfirmed reports indicate that rioters made their way through hospital wards and the intensive care units attacking and killing patients and staff alike. Police have not yet ruled out terrorism."
January 3rd 7:00 PM (from an on-scene reporter) "The situation appears to be growing worse and the death toll has risen again, this time to 54. The number of rioters has, for reasons unknown, continued to grow, forcing staff and police to evacuate those remaining inside. The wounded are being treated in the car park as...(Derpees break through front entrance, over-running police)"...oh my god! They...they look like they're biting people...they're running toward us. Go now, get in the van!"
January 4th - "There are reports of chaos across Quezon City tonight as violence sweeps the entire city. Hundreds have been killed, and thousands more injured. According to the Department of Health, this violence has been caused by a virus that is not from this world, which was first confirmed in New Era General Hospital by doctors on Wednesday afternoon. The President has sent in the Army and declared a state of emergency in an effort to restore the situation to normal. People living in the city are advised to seek shelter immediately and not to venture outside for any reason. Emergency phone lines are overloaded as...(newscaster stops talking and listens to his earpiece)...I've just received word that a travel ban is being enforced on Quezon City, effective immediately, quarantining the city. No unauthorized persons will be allowed to enter or leave Quezon City, and armed troops are setting up checkpoints on all roads in and out of Quezon City. The Home Secretary will be holding a press conference in an hour to explain this travel ban in further detail."
January 5th - "Thousands of people have died as these "ink-people", as the public are now referring to them, overrun Quezon City. Soldiers from the Knights of Rizal manning the blockades on the roads in and out of the city are reportedly facing a sustained assault by large numbers of infected. The Department of Defense denies the soldiers are low on ammo and morale, but many reliable sources who have asked not to be named are saying that at least three blockades have been overrun, and that most units are running low on ammo. At least 16 cases of desertion have been reported, with all but four being shot immediately upon being captured."
January 6th - "President Joseph Estrada has ordered an additional 10,000 combat troops to the infected zone in an effort to contain the spread of infection. Current reports now have the death toll surpassing 25,000, with that number expected to rise significantly in the coming hours. All signs point to this situation worsening before getting better. According to the Department of Defense, all of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces are now under a state of martial law, due to the high percentage of police officers who have been killed in Quezon City, including those from other cities in the NCR, resulting in a lack of law enforcement and a massive increase in crime in which the army must now step in and deal with."
Ring around Quezon City
As Quezon City fell to the rampaging hordes of Derpees, the Philippine Army fell back in disarray. The Philippines' military forces are among the best trained and equipped in Southeast Asia, but they were not trained to deal with such a situation. Morale was lowered considerably when soldiers had to shoot their friends who had been bitten. Troops fell back down the Skyway, establishing defenses in Marikina and Pasig. Other troops set up defenses in Manila and San Juan and a few other towns and villages around Quezon City, effectively creating a "ring" around the city. But as the number of infected grew, the situation became bleaker. Large groups of infected who had followed the retreating soldiers began to try and overrun their defenses. By 11th August, over 800 soldiers of the Armed Forces had lost their lives. The First Battle of Pasig began at 12:07 PM, January 11th 2000. It pitted 3,000 Derpees against 400 soldiers of the Knights of Rizal and the Armed Forces, who had been the first to see action against the Zombies a few days earlier, and so were more experienced. That experience paid off, as the Derpees were all killed within an hour, with the loss of only 92 soldiers from the Armed Forces.
A similar battle was fought in Marikina about the same time, although the soldiers took much heavier casualties than in Pasig. Despite taking the losses, the Armed Forces valiantly held their ground, and even counter-attacked on several occasions, although they paid a heavy price for their bravery. By the 12th, the troops, war-weary and shocked, but no less determined, were still holding out against the infected. The same day, General Eric John Duque who was leading the troops around Quezon City sent a top-secret message to the D.O.D. and the President, advising them that the situation on the ground was becoming extremely volatile, and that it was only a matter of time before they had to retreat again. He asked that the government begin large scale evacuations from areas of Mega Manila still unaffected by the virus as he believed the infection would continue to spread. The next day, 13th January, the President agreed to his request.
San Juan City, Pasig City, Valenzuela, Caloocan and Mandaluyong began evacuation procedures. The problem was however, such a large scale evacuation had not been attempted in the Philippines since the first days of World War 2, and there were no plans to accommodate the tens of thousands of people being evacuated. Several thousand were able to find places to stay with family and friends,which did lighten the governments burden considerably. For the rest, the Armed Forces and the Red Cross set up camps in public parks and inside schools and churches to accommodate what the media had just began to describe as "refugees". By the 14th of January, the troops were still slowly but surely being forced to retreat, although this was not like the hasty, chaotic retreat of a few days earlier, this was a fighting retreat, and the infected were made to pay for every inch of ground they gained.
On the 15th of January, Pasig finally fell after a second, larger battle there. Marikina fell six hours later after the last troops there finally withdrew, taking the towns population with them to safety. Pasig and Marikina were the two most important towns to the "ring" around Quezon City, and with their fall, the "ring" was penetrated, and soon afterward collapsed. Pandemonium was being reported across Mega Manila and surrounding provinces as people began to panic buy and hoard supplies. Filling stations run out of fuel, and riots started outside supermarkets as rationing began in some towns.
International responsesUnited States - President Clinton calls Joseph Estrada and offers his condolences to the Filipinos. Clinton promises to give the Philippines up to $150 million dollars in aide, and first American shipments of medical supplies and food aid arrive for those affected by the disaster. American Red Cross staff arrive in the Philippines and begin working with their Filipino counterparts.France - French President Jacques Chiracque announces that refugee camps will be built in their overseas departments in South and Central America in case the situation in the Philippines grows worse and people need to flee the country.
European Union - All members of the EU offer their condolences and express their "horror" at the "shocking loss of life". The EU promises an aid package of 200 million euros and begins sending humanitarian aid.
Singapore - Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong declares that the outbreak is God's punishment on the Philippines for OFWs killing their domestic workers. The Philippines withdraws its embassy staff from Singapore in protest.
United Kingdom and the Commonwealth - The Commonwealth, made up of former British colonies e.g. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and a few others, including the United Kingdom itself, all express their sympathy to those who died and their families.
China - Expressed their sympathy to those dead along with their families. Offered 52,000,000 yuans worth of humanitarian aid to the Philippines and military assistance against the Derpees.
United Nations - Offers $500,000,000 worth humanitarian aid to the Philippines.
Martial Law again
On the 15th of August, the ever increasing numbers of Derpees were forcing the Philippine Armed Forces into another retreat, and close to 60,000 had been confirmed dead since the outbreak 11 days previous. The then President Joseph Estrada, accepted that the situation was rapidly deteriorating and declared martial law, meaning that all of Mega Manila was under a State of Emergency. This declaration gave police and military forces extra powers of arrest to detain those who were causing problems, such as food and fuel hoarders and people who were delaying evacuation efforts for whatever reason. This declaration was vital in speeding up the evacuation of Mandaluyong City, where the infection was rapidly approaching. By the time the infected overrun the army blockades guarding Mandaluyong City, 75% of the population had been evacuated. However, thousands were still left stranded in the city. The city's police could do little to protect the civilians, and the army had already left during the evacuation, leaving only two companies of soldiers behind to help the police. Within four hours, 3,000 people had been either killed or infected in Mandaluyong City.
Pasay City and Malabon
On the 16th of August, the infection reached the city of Pasay City, and it was also advancing on Malabon. Both cities had been preparing for the better part of a week for the coming Derpees, and so the troops were well dug in, and many people had been evacuated, although armed civilian volunteers had stayed behind to defend their homes and refused to leave. PAF fighter/bombers and Army helicopter gunships were on stand-by, as was heavy artillery. The roads and fields had been mined and barricades had been set up. Both cities now looked more like military bases. At 9:35 AM, a large group of infected charged at the army's defensive blockade situated on Samson Road. The initial attack was repelled after 20 minutes and over 500 infected were dead, and for a while it seemed as though no more infected would come. As the hours wore on, nothing happened on the Malabon front, so many of the soldiers dropped their guard, and got some well needed - and earned - sleep.
At 11:15 PM, another group of infected had wandered down the motorway and found the army blockade, this time the soldiers were not as prepared as they should have been and within five minutes the troops had been routed, falling back to establish a new defensive area between Governor Pascual Avenue and Marcelo Del Pilar Street. The infection had now hit the outskirts of Malabon and advancing rapidly toward the city centre, where the roads were jam-packed with panicked motorists trying to flee the city. Likewise on the Pasay front, the situation was equally, if not more bleak as large numbers of infected rampaged up P. Aquino Avenue, smashing through Army defenses and killing 134 soldiers whilst infected almost triple that number. By the early hours of the 17th of January, the infected were rampaging through the streets of Malabon, slaughtering at will.
Emergency Services rescued those they could, whilst the army covered them and held off the infected. By 6:00 AM the infected were at St. Bartolomeo Parish and a bakery in the city centre. At 8:35 AM, police sent out an emergency broadcast over local radio stations in Pasay advising the remaining population to head for the CavitEx, where troops and police intended to make a last stand whilst the civilians were evacuated onto a large container ship on the Navotas River, as well as a handful of Philippine Navy ships which had also just arrived. Within three hours, over three thousand people had been rescued by the ships near the Malabon Central Market and taken to safety. After the civilians who had arrived at the bridge were finally evacuated, the troops and police who had survived holding off the infected during the evacuation of civilians proceeded 2mi north to Valenzuela City Medical Center, in an effort to protect it from the oncoming infected hoard and allow the Air Force time to airlift the patients to safety. The troops and armed police held off the infected, and fought them for over four hours whilst the choppers flew back and forth. Even when they finally ran out of ammunition, they fought with the butts of their rifles, knives, police batons and even walking sticks and crutches that had been abandoned in the hospital. By 5:15 PM, City Hall had been evacuated completely, but the defenders were finally overrun as the last helicopter left the building. Those who had remained behind and made the ultimate sacrifice were all posthumously awarded the Medalya ng Kagitingan, the Philippines' highest military honor.
The next day, Ninoy Aquino International Airport cancelled all air travel between Manila and the rest of the world. Likewise, all sea travel was suspended between Mega Manila ports and the rest of the world. Philippine government health officials were working closely with their colleagues in the WHO (World Health Organisation), as well as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and ECDC (European Centers for Disease Control) in an effort to create a vaccine and study the Derpees, and it had been they who had advised on curbing international travel between infected areas of the Philippines and the rest of the world in order to avoid a pandemic.
More ABS-CBN News reports
January 14th - "The European Union last night promised an aid package of up to 200 million euros for reconstruction, as well as dispatching a large amount of humanitarian aid to the worst affected areas."
January 15th - "We can now confirm that the town of Marikina has fallen to the infected. This latest information has just come straight from the Department of Defense in the last few minutes. For viewers unaware of the significance of the town, Marikina was a vital stronghold of our national troops in the region and without it, the so called "Quezon City Ring of Defense" is liable to collapse, allowing the infection to spread even further.
January 16th - "Both Pasay and Malabon are now directly threatened by the infection, and emergency evacuation efforts are now under way but many analysts have informed us that an evacuation of so many people, given the speed that the virus is moving, is improbable in the least, and that heavy casualties should be expected. No cases have actually been reported in either city however, but there have been reports of attacks as close as 1 mile from Malabon and two miles from Pasay."
January 17th - "(from an on scene report at the Malabon-Navotas evacuation point. Behind her are thousands of people making their way to boats whilst troops wearing respirators stand guard) This is Anne-Marie Ayalin reporting live from Navotas where all hell seems to breaking loose. As little as a hundred yards to my right you can see military and police doing their best to hold off the infected, but there are just so many now. There seems to be more coming every minute. Behind me, you can see refugees being taken onto a container ship that will take them someplace safe, although we still haven't been told where. Several Navy patrol boats have also arrived to aid in the evacuation... (As the sound of gunfire and screaming gets closer, a soldier runs up to the reporter and shouts for her to get on the boat, after a few seconds of trying to tell him she was in the middle of a live broadcast, he knocks the camera away and pick her up and drags her to the boat, the following words, in Filipino, can be barely made out before the camera goes off: "Para sa awa na ng Diyos, parating na sila, gusto mo bang mamatay?!". This is also the last broadcast to come from Malabon.)
January 18th - "Its now two weeks since the first cases of the "Derpee's Conquest of the Earth" were reported, and here are tonight's headlines regarding the crisis: The President decided today to bestow the Medal of Honor to those who died in the defense of Malabon yesterday and in sacrificing their own lives, saved more than 3,400 people. In related news, all communications have been lost with Malabon, with the exception of the port, still held by the Army. The infected finally broke through the city's defenses late last night, and as of the early hours of this morning, and estimated 50,000 people are either dead or infected."
CaLaBaRzon succumbs to the outbreak
By the 20th of August, the infection was being reported in the Cavite cities of Bacoor and Kawit, although it was still, for the moment, under control there. A number of people who had been bitten and had escaped the chaos in Manila had fled to hospitals in the province, hoping someone may have found a cure. They had not. Cases grew in the hospitals, and by the 23rd of August, the infected were spilling out of Binakayan Hospital and Medical Center and onto Covelandia Road and the Tirona Highway, overrunning civilians and the handful of police who were there arrived. The lack of police was due to the large numbers of police officers dispatched to help out in Manila before it was overrun, and because of the shortage, there was no way to contain the infection within the hospital grounds. Within 24 hours, the infected had gained as far north as the Imus River and as far south as the village of Medicion.
As the city had not been adequately prepared for an outbreak, and as there had been no evacuation, Kawit saw the worst violence since Pasay as tens of thousands of people were slaughtered in the streets. By the 25th, most of the city was on the point of destruction, with the exception of Binakayan Elementary School, where students and a handful of soldiers who had been separated from their unit were holding out. Also still holding out was Kawit City Hall, which despite being in the overrun city centre, was still free of infection due to the makeshift barricades and the stubborn resolve of the remaining police, as well as the civilians who were taking shelter there.
The same day that Kawit was officially declared overrun, the streets of Bacoor were becoming pretty dangerous as groups of infected prowled about. However, the situation was still not nearly as bad as the chaos that had plagued other cities due to the fact that any person who had been bitten and attempted to go to hospital was promptly shot by soldiers and police, avoiding a repeat of the chaos that hospitals in Pasay and more recently Kawit had faced. Still, bitten refugees took the virus with them, and despite the authorities best efforts, some slipped through the net. These refugees were the first cases of "Derpee conquest of the world" AKA "Derpee Invasion" (the two most common names used by the public) in Bacoor. Isolated cases in the Molino and Queen's Row areas of the city caused alarm among the populace, but people tried to stick it out and go about their daily lives. On January 28th, three days after the first attacks in Bacoor, the city council announced a curfew lasting from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM in order to keep people off the streets and minimize the spread of infection. Troops and Armed Police were ordered to adopt a shoot-to-kill policy for anyone out past curfew, just in case they were infected. They were told not to take any chances. Despite this order, many soldiers and cops did not shoot people out past curfew (not that there were many) if they could positively identify them as not being infected, but they did give them stern warnings to go home and stay there.
The local government began a public safety campaign, with posters with such: "STAY HOME - STAY SAFE." and "IF BITTEN - DO THE RIGHT THING." the latter poster had an illustration of someone melting graphically into a puddle of ink. Public transport was suspended as was travel in and out of the city. Most people were advised to stay home and avoid going to work, of course with the exception of those who worked for emergency services, as well as water, power, sewage and garbage disposal. Food delivery by civilian truck drivers was banned after armed gangs started attacking and stealing the food. This resulting in the army having to step in and monitor food distribution. The situation in Bacoor gradually started to deteriorate as more and more cases were reported and on August 29th, the areas of Molino, Queen's Row, and Salinas were quarantined. But reports of violence in other areas of the city persisted, and police were receiving more and more calls regarding missing persons cases.
Over 400 were reported in the space of 24 hours. A large bulletin board was put up in front of the now heavily militarized City Hall, where soon thousands of missing persons noticed were placed. Only a handful of those reported missing were ever seen again, most having been attacked by infected whilst out, particularly when alone and walking in the dark. On the 1st of September, following food riots over the new rationing system that was introduced, Bacoor was placed under martial law and several rioters were executed to be made an example of, the effect seemed to work, as public order was quickly.
The infected soon broke through from the quarantine parts of Bacoor and attacked the army checkpoints set up to enforce the quarantine. Within a matter of hours, the thousands of infected who had escaped the quarantine were rampaged through the unevacuated city, killing and infected thousands of innocent people. Generally more people died than got infected during attacks, but it depended on the severity of the wounds. If a person only received a few bites or scratches, and if no major blood vessels were ruptured, they would become a Derpee. But if they were killed by an attack, such as dying of massive powerlessness due to having one of or both their horns being pulled out or cut off, they would die, unlike the classic zombie which was already technically dead. Yet still the term zombie did seem to stick among the populace.
Bacoor was quickly overwhelmed, and the evacuation effort was abandoned on the 3rd February, with the government instead choosing to seal off the city to prevent the infection spreading. The governments quarantine of Bacoor was a disastrous fallout and the virus quickly engulfed nearby towns and villages with Imus, Dasmariñas and Noveleta all being overrun in only a few days. With the Army spread so thin, there was little they could do to protect the smaller towns, as their efforts were concentrated to protecting the big cities, particularly Tagaytay, a tourist spot, which was next in line to be hit by the virus. The capital of Cavite, Trece Martires, was also being encroached on as the infected from Bacoor headed south.On the 4th of February, a month and 2 days after the outbreak of the virus, the first infected were reported on the outskirts of Tagaytay. They were quickly dealt with, but more kept coming and tried to break through the Army Blockades set up on the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Crisanto M. Delos Santos Avenue, and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road set up to prevent the virus entering the city.By the 7th, the number of infected had grown significantly and although a large number of troops, police and armed civilians were defending the blockades vigorously, the government realized it was only a matter of time before they got through. The next day, the evacuation of Tagaytay began. In all, close to a million people were to be evacuated. It was obvious that the government could not save everyone, there was not enough time, but the troops were ordered to fight to the last man to give the evacuation effort as much time as possible. The troops followed their orders, and they never retreated, fighting the infection until they ran out of bullets, and even then, they charged the infected with bayonets. The Emilio Aguinaldo Highway blockade was the first to fall, with the Crisanto Delos Santos Avenue and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road blockades falling a few hours later.
425,000 people had been evacuated by the time the infection got into the city. That still left more than 400,000 in Tagaytay, awaiting evacuation. Those who were left behind but managed to survive to tell the story told of "the streets running with blood" as the infection rampaged through the evacuation centers where people were waiting for help, that would not come. The Air Force firebombed the infected hoards in the city center, killing many thousands, but by the next day, there were hundreds of thousands of infected in Tagaytay, all of them spreading out of the city and into neighboring towns, including Silang and General Trias. By this point, there were serious discussions in the American embassy about the use of the United States' nuclear arsenal to destroy cities rife with infection, but the President was extremely reluctant to do so.
As the week wore on, the virus continued to spread, and the city of Trece Martires was under serious threat. The local government had already begun evacuating people after Tagaytay was overrun, so when the virus did hit Trece Martires, only 15,000 people were left, mostly soldiers, police and armed civilians who wanted to defend their homes and their city. By the 10th of September, Trece Martires too had been overrun. By this point, countries around the world had began evacuating their citizens, not only from areas in danger from the virus, but as far north as Batanes realizing that the virus was going to spread and that the Philippine Army was in complete disarray, and as such, was unable to contain the virus.
The number of displaced people in the Philippines was well over 6,000,000, and many more were soon going to become displaced. The Philippine Red Cross, as well as other NGOs were totally overwhelmed and the camps established in the safer areas of Philippines were full. Many people were turned away from these camps, and in desperation and frustration, they chose to seek shelter abroad. On the 12th of February, the first Philippine refugees landed in Thailand. The King of Thailand had anticipated this situation weeks earlier, and had built camps in the east to house refugees, but these camps were quickly overwhelmed, and the Crown of Thailand asked for United Nations assistance. The U.N. began to construct giant refugee camps in eastern Thailand, and as the days went on, camps were being built in Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan to cope with the growing refugee crisis. In all, over 1,000,000 refugees had fled the Philippines. All major airports in the Philippines were inundated with tens of thousands of people demanding flights, many of whole are without a passport, cash or even a ticket. The Philippine government demands that all airlines allow refugees on board for free, regardless of them having a passport or ticket. These airlines agree, and even international airlines come to the aid of the Filipinos and help in the evacuations. By the 15th of February, over 1,500,000 people have escaped the Philippines.
Pasay and the City of Manila
As the 16th of September dawned, the army blockades on the bridges over the Pasig River set up to prevent the infected in Quezon City attacking Manila were still holding, but the infected just kept coming. The situation in Manila and Pasay itself, even though there were no cases of the infection, was becoming grim. Food riots, protests, soaring crime rates, fuel shortages and just fear in general were causing huge problems in the city and the President had no choice but to place the city under martial law. Even the government's food rationing scheme was suffering as hundreds of thousands of refugees poured into Manila seeking shelter and food. Red Cross camps set up in Luneta Park and Intramuros were overwhelmed, as were local hotels and the temporary accommodation set up in churches and community centers. Tens of thousands were sleeping rough on the streets of the city, although many people, some out of the goodness of their hearts, many others due to government pressure, let strangers stay in their homes. By this point, all foreign embassy personnel in Manila had been evacuated as the situation grew worse. The empty embassy buildings were quickly converted into temporary shelters.
The Armed Forces began to set up the so called "Ring around Manila", however, this was much better defended than the Quezon City Ring of Defense which had been overrun a few weeks earlier. Troops, along with heavy artillery, mortars, heavy machine guns and snipers took positions around Manila and Pasay City, and minefields and barbed wire fences were planted to give extra protection. Helicopter gunships and RAF bombers were put on stand-by. The virus, however, continued to spread, but Manila's defences proved resilient. The infection was gradually encircling the city, from San Juan to Mandaluyong and all the way around to Caloocan. It was the beginning of the "Siege of Manila", hundreds of thousands of infected were all around the outskirts of Pasay and Manila, trying to force their way in. The US Ambassador to the Philippines, still in the US Embassy, were finally evacuated to Baguio in Benguet, although the Ambassador did insist that the embassy be transformed into a safe zone for anyone in need of shelter. Gradually, the Army was pushed back, but still they inflicted heavy casualties upon the infected. On the 20th of February, the Senate, in conjunction with the MMDA, Department of Transportation, Armed Forces and the Red Cross began to formulate a plan to evacuate Manila and Pasay. The problem was of course, that the infected had surrounded most of the city.
The town of Pateros was still free of infection, but it was perilously close to Pasig, which had just been overrun. The so called "Pateros Corridor" was created. From there, the evacuees would be transported to various camps in the south, or to refugee camps in France and Belgium. And so, on the 21st of February, the evacuation of the Philippines' capital began. In all, there were over six million people in Mega Manila and the Armed Forces, in their retreat south and eastward from Manila managed to control the evacuation of over a million people, while a rearguard slowed the spread of the infection, if only for a while. However, by the time the infected overran the Manila Ring, there were still close to 4,500,000 people trapped in the city. Air Force, Navy and Police choppers, as well as volunteer civilian pilots continued to go back and forth to Manila for two more days, and this resulted in more than 3000 more lives being saved. That still left millions people trapped in Pasay, along with 15,000 soldiers and 5000 police surrounded by hoards of infected which were closing in. As the London Ring collapsed, hundreds of thousands of infected rampaged into London from all sides, and the Pateros Corridor finally fell.
At SM's Mall of Asia, the remaining soldiers there played the song "Bulag, Pipi at Bingi" over a loud speaker as they fought the infected. The MoA globe was overrun after a five hour battle. The infected rampaged down the mall, now lined with mattresses and sleeping bags. Thousands of people, mostly civilians and a handful of police tried to fight back, but it was useless. 10,000 people inside the mall died in under 30 minutes. Finally, after initially refusing to leave Malacañang Palace, President Joseph Estrada is convinced its time to go. Estrada, Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, First Lady Luisa Estrada, and the entire Senate are taken on board a Philippine Air Force Chinook waiting in front of the building and flown out of Manila, just as the infected finally break through the defenses in Roxas Boulevard and overrun the entire area. The government are then flown north to Baguio which becomes the de facto capital of the Philippines.
The remnants of the city's army garrison and police force retreat to the Plaza de Roma, where they establish a defensive perimeter around the refugee camp established there which houses over 50,000 people. Huge crowds of infected coming in from the north of Intramuros, which is heavily infested proceed to assault the camp, but the attack is staved off, at least for a while. Within 24 hours of the establishment of the Intramuros Defensive Area, the crowds of infected have overrun most of Manila, and estimates put the death toll at more than 1,000,000. In actual fact, over 3,000,000 are dead, with 1,000,000 infected. Soon, the huge numbers of infected prove overwhelming to the defenders, and General Michael Santos, the area commander realizes the situation is hopeless and, with the consent of his staff and all those present, calls in a massive PAF airstrike on the camp in a bid to not only kill many, many infected, but save those there from a horrific and painful death at the hands of the infected. Several PAF heavy bombers and fighter/bombers soon are overhead and dropping their payloads of explosives. Within minutes, an estimated 50,000 people are killed.
At Ninoy Aquino International Airport, there is absolute pandemonium as a crowd of 20,000 surges forward, trying to get on a plane, any plane. At 3:07 PM, February 24th, 2000, the last plane takes off from NAIA. No planes will return. The crowd, seeing the last plane boarding, react angrily and try to reach it resulting in a devastating stampede that kills hundreds. At the same time, the infection reached the airport and the infected were soon tearing apart those in the crowd. People could not go forward, nor could they go back as the crowd was so tightly packed together. Nobody survived what would later become know as the "Airport Massacre".
At 10:00 AM the next day, the last broadcast came from ABS-CBN in Manila. Broadcasting Center had been heavily barricaded and had a contingent of soldiers defending it. "You are watching the news, with me Joanne Santa Maria. Here are the latest updates, The city's sole airport, as well as all train and bus stations in the city have been overrun. There is no way out of Manila. If there is anyone still alive in the city, we advise that you stockpile and ration your food and water and do not go outside. The government advises the people of Manila to stay home and wait for help, they say the army will be back soon, although reliable sources indicate most troops have retreated from Manila and the government itself has now fled the city. I must stress that we will stay on the air for as long as possible, but due to frequent power outages, that is becoming more and more difficult, but we will keep on..." (There is gunfire heard, followed by the sound of breaking glass and splintering wood). "What's going on, are they in the building? Oh god, somebody stop them, shoot them now!" (The growls of the infected can also be heard. The camera suddenly is knocked over by someone running by, and the newsreader can be heard screaming, as can many of the studios crew, just before the broadcast suddenly ends.)
The Army and the government officially declare Manila overrun the next day and the hasty retreat to the so called "Northern Line" begins. The Northern Line is a military defensive line stretching from just south of Baguio to Batanes. The refugee crisis grows worse after the fall of London as the public begins to fear that the government has lost control. A mass exodus of Filipinos then begins as people in the North and even all the way up to Batanes attempt to leave the country en masse, and by the 27th of February, over 8,000,000 people had fled the Philippines. The same day, the United Nations declared the situation in the Philippines to be the worst humanitarian catastrophe in recorded history.
Central Luzon is destroyed
Within days of Valenzuela being overrun, the infection had crossed into Bulacan and into Central Luzon. The heavily infested city of Valenzuela was where many of the infected that entered Central Luzon came from,and by the time the PAF had blockaded the roads leading to Central Luzon, thousands of infected had already crossed. Malolos was declared a safe zone and the Army destroyed the bridges leading to it. The city's population tripled in the space of a week as thousands of people from Central Luzon evacuated to it. At around the same time that Manila was overrun, the infected were also rampaging through Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. The city was in chaos, even though more than half its population had been evacuated. The next day, San Fernando City fell, and two days after that the Army was routed in Tarlac. By the 28th of February, all of Central Luzon, excluding Malolos and a few isolated villages and military bases, had been overrun.
On the 1st of October, the World Health Organization voted unanimously to quarantine the Philippines as a whole, not just the infected parts. The quarantine was enforced by ASEAN member countries' warships, including mostly American, Canadian and Australian, and a handful of Japanese. No aircraft or boats were permitted to leave the UK after this date. Over 15,000 refugees were killed in the following days as they tried to escape the UK. The escape attempts went on regardless, it was more dangerous to stay in the UK than try and get across the sea to somewhere, anywhere, that could be safe. Mass protests began across the world as citizens voiced their anger at the treatment of the refugees by NATO forces. Three days after this, in an effort to counter the bad publicity that had occurred, NATO, with UN and British permission, sent in 30,000 peacekeepers to England's southern cities of Portsmouth, Plymouth, Bournemouth, the Isle of Wight, Southampton and Exeter to relieve British troops who were fighting to stop the infection getting into those cities. The peacekeepers would police the streets, freeing up more British troops and police to head to the front lines in order to defend the cities. The peacekeepers were mostly American and Canadian, due to the shared language, making communication with both British civilians and military much more easy. Some French, Danish, Dutch and German troops were also involved in the peacekeeping operation. A further 25,000 NATO troops, mostly Canadians, along with some American special forces, were sent to help the British at the Northern Line and prevent the infected breaking through.