Hunger and desperation are breeding violence and looting in Tacloban, which was flattened by a supertyphoon late last week.
"People are walking like zombies looking for food," said medical student Jenny Chu. "It's like a movie."
And, as in the movies, survivors ransacked banks' automated teller machines, malls and stores - or what remains of them.
A bunch of looters showed up at the 578 Emporium convenience store, which was guarded by the owner, in the town's main avenue.
"You cannot come in," the owner warned the crowd.
"If you don't allow us to come in, we will use force," one man replied.
Then the men started counting: "One, two, three…"
The owner gave way.