THE DAY IN PHOTOS: May 26, 2020


Posted at May 27 2020 12:49 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

A show of unity as Italy eases lockdown

The Madonnina, a statue of the Virgin Mary atop Duomo cathedral, is seen during a performance of the Frecce Tricolori of the Italian Air Force as they perform to show unity and solidarity following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Milan, Italy on Monday. Several government officials have raised concern on possible reemergence of COVID-19 cases after Italy reopened its beaches, bars and restaurants last May 18, prompting some cities to impose fresh restrictions. Flavio Lo Scalzo, Reuters

Duterte defends Duque over pricey PPEs

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III as Sen. Bong Go listens, during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on Monday evening. Duterte defended DOH and took full responsibility over the procurement of allegedly overpriced personal protective equipment and testing machines being used in the country’s COVID-19 response. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

Supreme Court workers undergo coronavirus rapid testing

Employees wait for their turn to undergo rapid testing on COVID-19 at the Supreme Court grounds in Manila on Tuesday. The high court is administering the test to employees and officials who are required to report for work even as Metro Manila remains under modified enhanced community quarantine. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN execs appear at House hearing on network's franchise

ABS-CBN executives- (left to right) former ABS-CBN Corporate Services Group head Mark Nepomuceno, group financial officer Rick Tan, chairman Mark Lopez, president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, chief strategy officer Raymund Miranda, and COO for broadcast Cory Vidanes- appear at the first joint hearing of the House of Representatives committees on legislative franchises and good government and public accountability to tackle the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise on Tuesday. Held amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the executives and lawmakers physically convened at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City with all the necessary safety precautions to tackle the bills, which would allow the broadcast company to go back on air after shutting down on May 5. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

LRT-2 tests physical distancing protocols

Philippine National Police trainees observe physical distancing on board a train coach at the LRT-2 Recto station during a simulation exercise on May 26, 2020. The drill tests physical distancing protocols that will be implemented in Metro Manila's rail systems upon the resumption of public transportation, which has been suspended since the middle of March because of the coronavirus pandemic. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Bus ride back home

Overseas Filipino workers who were quarantined as they arrived home weeks ago sit inside a bus for their free ride to their provinces on Tuesday in Manila. As roughly 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or air to their hometowns, President Rodrigo Duterte warned local officials not to refuse them entry out of coronavirus fears. Aaron Favila, AP

After flight cleanup

Japan Airlines staff wearing protective gear clean the cabin after a domestic flight as passengers disembark at Haneda airport on the first day after the Japanese government lifted the state of emergency, in Tokyo Tuesday. Japan is looking to boost domestic tourism by subsidizing a portion of expenses once the COVID-19 outbreak is brought under control. This as foreign travel to the country plummeted since coronavirus restrictions were introduced. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters