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The Day in Photos, 12 June 2017

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Posted at Jun 12 2017 11:20 PM

VP Leni leads Independence Day rites at Luneta

Vice-President Leni Robredo (second right) and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (back) lead the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Park in Manila on Monday. President Rodrogo Duterte skipped the event to focus on matters pertaining to the war in Marawi. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Independence Day protest over Spratlys

Activists march towards the Chinese Consulate in Makati on Monday in commemoration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day. The group protested China's territorial claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Slain Marines honored on Independence Day

Family members huddle close to the coffin of one of eight Philippine Marines killed in Marawi City who were given full military honors at the Rudiardo Brown Marines barracks in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday. The eight were among the latest fatalities in the ongoing war against the Maute terrorist group in Marawi. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Emotional fireman at Marawi Independence Day rites

Senior Fire Officer 4 Gary Mueco cries during the flag raising ceremony at the Lanao Del Sur Provincial Capitol in celebration of the country's Independence Day on Monday. Mueco was among the firemen trapped on May 23 when the Maute terrorist group attacked a fire station and laid siege to Marawi City. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

Flag hoisted in West Philippine Sea

Filipino youth activists brave the waves as they hoist a Philippine flag on the shores of Zambales on Monday facing the West Philippine Sea as a symbol of the country’s claims in the disputed territory. The group timed the flag-raising in commemoration of Philippine Independence Day. Jun Dumaguing, ABS-CBN News