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The Day in Photos:30 October 2017

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 30 2017 09:20 PM | Updated as of Oct 30 2017 09:38 PM

Return to Marawi

Residents who stayed at evacuation centers due to the assault of government troops against pro-Islamic State militant groups return to their homes in Basak, Malutlut district in Marawi City Sunday. Around 6,500 evacuees out of the more than 350,000 internally displaced people were allowed to return home in areas were structures were left intact after the firefight in Marawi. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

Prayers for the victims

Activists light candles in remembrance of victims of extrajudicial killings on Monday, ahead of All Souls Day. Human rights groups have criticized the increasing number of killings under the administration's war on drugs. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A push vs plastics

Members of the #breakfreefromplastics Coalition hold up posters during an anti-plastics protest in Makati, Monday. The group criticized multinational companies for producing products in single-use plastic packaging, which contributes to worsening environmental pollution. autJonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Welcome home, soldier

A Philippine soldier kisses his son as he arrives at the port of Manila on Monday, with some 500 personnel composed of marines, sailors, aviators and intelligence operative after a five-month deployment against Islamic State supporters in Marawi City. The main battle area of a southern Philippine city where Islamic State supporters waged a five-month war resembled a tsunami-hit wasteland, while bullet-riddled mosques and a web of tunnels reveal some of the gunmen's hide and strike tactics. Noel Celis, AFP

Flowers for the dearly departed

Consumers buy flowers, despite increased prices, at Dangwa Flower Center in Manila on Monday. Thousands of Filipinos are expected to throng cemeteries around the country to pay respect to their departed loved one as part of the annual observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Duterte in Japan for 2-day official visit

President Duterte, his partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Veronica, get a warm welcome upon their arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan on Monday for a two-day official visit. Duterte will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other high-ranking officials to sign letters of intent from several investors. Duterte will also have an audience with Emperor Akihito before the latter abdicates from the throne in 2018. Richard Madelo, Malacanang Photo

Duterte meets Abe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stand together at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan on Monday. Duterte is the first country official that met with Abe after the latter won a snap election. Nicolas Datiche, Reuters/Pool

Shattered view

Government employees visiting Marawi City for the first time since the war began in May take a look at the main battle area on Monday from a window of the city hall damaged by the fighting. The city center or the main battle area remains sealed off from people except for designated units of the military. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News