THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 5, 2020
Here are the day's top stories in photos.
China reports fewer fresh coronavirus cases
Medical staff assist a patient infected by the novel coronavirus leaving from Wuhan No. 3 Hospital to travel to Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on Wednesday. China on March 4 reported 38 more deaths from the new coronavirus. AFP
PNP chief Gamboa, 7 others survive helicopter crash
Rescue teams check the wreckage of the Bell 429 chopper carrying Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa after a crash in Laguna on Thursday morning. Gamboa and 7 others, including Major Generals Jovic Ramos, Mariel Magaway, his comptroller ship and intelligence heads and Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, the PNP spokesman, were brought to nearby hospitals after sustaining minor injuries during the incident.
The team just came from an inspection of impounded vehicles in San Pedro, Laguna and were on their way to Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, according to PNP PIO. Photo courtesy of Bernard Peralta
DENR urged to penalize polluters
Climate activists join residents of communities affected by pollution from coal-fired power plants as they picket in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City on Thursday. The protesters are calling on the government to increase efforts in enforcing cleaner air amid reports on unhealthy air quality in the country. The protesters raised concern on DENR USec. Benny Antiporda's dismissive reaction and plan to sue 2019 World Air Quality Report publisher IQAir for its report on air quality in the Philippines. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Pinoy AJ Lim vs Greek Stefano Tsitsipas in Davis Cup
Alberto Lim Jr. of the Philippines and world's No. 6 tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece pose for photos during the Davis Cup press conference held at the Philippine Columbian Association in Manila on Thursday. Philippines’ Lim will face Tsitsipas during the Davis Cup World Group II to be held at the Philippine Columbian Association Sports Club in Plaza Dilao, Paco Manila on March 6 and 7. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Senate probes POGOs
Officials from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) attend on Thursday the senate inquiry on money laundering and other crimes allegedly linked to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators in the country.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said he is “disappointed” in PAGCOR’s “stupid statement” of allowing the POGOs' continued operations because of the income generated, despite the social problems that come with it. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Construction amid COVID-19
A man wearing a protective mask walks beside a construction area along EDSA in Quezon City on Thursday. In a recent interview, chief economist Ernesto Pernia said the COVID-19 outbreak could directly affect the country’s economic growth by as much as 1% if it continues until December but adds the government may be able to mitigate the impact by ramping up spending this year. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News
Pilgrim photographs pigeons
A Muslim pilgrim films pigeons outside the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Saudi Arabia Deputy Health Minister Abdel-Fattah Mashat was quoted on the state-linked news site Al-Yaum saying that groups of visitors to Mecca from inside the country would now also be barred from performing the pilgrimage, known as the Umrah. Amr Nabi, AP