New Year, same Metro for commuters
Commuters take the MRT in Quezon City as most workers and students return from the Christmas and New Year holidays on Monday. Heavy foot and vehicular traffic is expected to return to major thoroughfares as people return to the metropolis. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Duterte leads AFP Change of Command
President Duterte shares a light moment with newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos and outgoing AFP Chief Gen. Noel Clement during turnover rites at Camp Aguinaldo on Saturday. Santos, an Army intelligence veteran, committed to fighting terrorists and other armed groups during his stint. King Rodriguez, Presidential Photo
'Get out of Middle East'
Members of Kilusang Mayo Uno and Kadamay hold a protest outside the US Embassy in Manila on Monday. The protesters denounced the alleged aggression of the US government towards Iran after a US drone attack killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Workers wrap posts of the Ayala Bridge in Manila with barbed wire on Monday, a few days before the annual Black Nazarene procession. Authorities hope the barbed wire will discourage devotees from climbing the bridge. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Black Nazarene guardians
Metro Manila's police chief, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, whispers to the head of Quiapo Church, Monsignor Hernando Coronel, during a press conference on preparations for the Jan. 9 Black Nazarene procession. For the first time in history, the Philippine National Police will guide the image from Quirino Grandstand to Roxas Boulevard to make it safer and shorter compared to previous feasts. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Take your pick, JoyRide or Angkas?
Motorcycles belonging to competing ride-hailing firms ply EDSA in Quezon City on Monday. A Technical Working Group tasked to oversee the motorcycle taxi run set a cap of 10,000 for each service provider in Metro Manila. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Millions attend Soleimani funeral
People attend a funeral procession for Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on Monday in Tehran, Iran.
The two were killed in a drone strike by the United States at the Baghdad airport last week. The strike proved to be polarizing to traditional allies of the US as they distanced themselves from the attack even as some leaders of Iran called for revenge.Nazanin Tabatabaee, West Asia News Agency via Reuters
Firefighters and other workers begin cleaning the streets near Quiapo Church on Monday, a few days before Traslacion. Around 2.5 million devotees are expected to participate in one of Manila’s oldest Catholic traditions this year. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News