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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 4, 2019

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Posted at Mar 04 2019 10:39 PM

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Heavy traffic due to flyover closure

Traffic is heavy along Commonwealth Avenue on the first Monday of the closure of the Tandang Sora flyover in Quezon City. The flyover was closed to give way to the ongoing construction of the MRT-7. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ash Wednesday preparation

Catholic priest Fr. Jerry Habunal blesses burning palm leaves to be used for the coming Ash Wednesday rites, marking the start of Lent, at the Our Lady of the Abandoned Diocesan Shrine Parish in Muntinlupa City. Many Filipinos observe Lent because of the country’s predominantly Catholic population. Bobby Ranoco, ABS-CBN News

Remembering the Bataan Death March

Filipino soldiers, volunteers, and some former US Navy SEALs march along the route of the 'Bataan Death March' now part of MacArthur Highway going to Capas National Shrine in Tarlac on Sunday. The event is part of the 3-Day "Freedom Trail March" led by the Veterans Bank, Department of National Defense, and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office in commemoration of the fallen heroes of the death march during World War II. ABS-CBN News

Japan’s Defense Force head visits Manila

General Koji Yamazaki (center), chief of staff of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, salutes along with Philippine Major General Rhoderick Parayno (left) during the inspection of line at a welcoming ceremony at the Philippine Army headquarters in Manila on Monday. The visit aims to strengthen agreements made by the 2 countries under the Memorandum on Defense Cooperation and Exchanges signed in 2015. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Enviromentalists call to uphold closure orders on mining project

Members of environmentalist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), together with Mindanao Indigenous federation KALUMARAN and other Mindanao-based people’s organizations, hold a protest in front of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Quezon City on Monday. The group urged the environment department to uphold 28 mining closure orders released in 2017, on the occasion on the 24th year of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. Jhun Dantes, ABS-CBN News

Customs confiscates thousands of turtles

This undated handout photo received on March 4, 2019 from the Bureau of Customs public relations office shows turtles found inside a suitcase, covered with duct tape, during a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The Philippines has confiscated 1,500 live exotic turtles found inside the luggage of an airline passenger, with some of them duct-taped. Bureau of Customs, AFP/Handout