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The Day in Photos, 4 January 2017

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2017 08:39 PM | Updated as of Jan 04 2017 08:41 PM

Manila prepares for 2017 Traslacion

Visitors and vendors leave the area in front of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene on Wednesday, as maintenance personnel conduct a clean-up operation ahead of the annual Traslacion of the Black Nazarene on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Escape from Cotabato jail

Armed police patrol along the perimeter fence of the district jail in the city of Kidapawan in southern Philippines, where more than 150 inmates escaped on Wednesday. Suspected Muslim rebels stormed the dilapidated facility in a pre-dawn raid on January 4, killing one guard, according to authorities. Ferdinand Cabrera, AFP

Japanese warship in Subic

The Murasame-class destroyer JS Inazuma (JS 105) of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense approaches the Alava pier of Subic Bay free-port zone in Zambales for a routine port call, Wednesday morning. Another Japanese warship, the JS Suzutsuki, an Akizuki-class destroyer, also docked in this industrial port facing the West Philippine Sea for a 4-day port visit. Jun Dumaguing , ABS-CBN News

SSS pension hike dilemma

Retirees line up at the Social Security System (SSS) main office in Quezon City to claim their benefits on Wednesday. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno raised concern over the fairness of using public or taxpayers’ money to subsidize the pension hike for SSS members. He instead recommended higher premiums from SSS' 30 million members from the private sector to cover the proposed P2,000 increase. Manny Palmero, ABS-CBN News

Leni visits Nina-affected areas

Vice President Leni Robredo inspects building severely damaged by Typhoon Nina in Ocampo, Camarines Sur on Tuesday. Cha Villegas, OVP Handout

China's South China Sea drill

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier, with accompanying fleet, conducts a drill in the South China Sea, in this undated photo taken December 2016. Stringer, Reuters