THE DAY IN PHOTOS: June 12, 2019
Here are the day's top stories in photos.
Thousands join Hong Kong protest
Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong (center) chants slogans as protesters gathered outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Large crowds of protesters gathered in central Hong Kong as the city braced for another mass rally in a show of strength against the government over a divisive plan to allow extraditions to China. Philip Fong, AFP
Robredo leads Independence Day flag-raising rites
Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day, at the Rizal Monument in Manila on Wednesday. Robredo was joined by outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)'s Vice Chief of staff Lt. Gen. Salvador Mison. Office of the Vice President
Independence Day job fair
Hopeful job seekers flock the San Andres Gym for the 2019 Kalayaan Job Fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment as part of the celebration of the country's 121st Independence Day. Simultaneous job fairs are being held in 22 sites in 16 regions, according to DOLE. ABS-CBN News
"Fight for genuine independence"
Militant groups led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan march in protest towards the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on Wednesday, Independence Day. The groups urged the government to fight for genuine independence given China’s recent construction in disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea and the US government’s plan to reestablish its bases in the country. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Pope's general audience
The Chinese and Hong Kong flags are waved by the crowd as Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. The Holy See currently has a landmark agreement with China on Bishop nominations wherein both the Pope and the Chinese officials will have a say on nominees. Gregorio Borgia, AP
Raise the flag
Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines carry a giant Philippine flag at Rizal Park in Manila on Wednesday to mark the 121st anniversary of the country's independence. The Philippine Independence from the Spanish rule was proclaimed by General Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit town, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Aaron Favila, AP