THE DAY IN PHOTOS: August 16, 2019


Posted at Aug 17 2019 01:09 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos

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Chinese military build-up

Military vehicles are seen parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China on Thursday. The drills at the sports stadium near the border with Hong Kong in southern China has raised fears of military intervention in the administrative region following weeks of civil unrest. Thomas Peter, Reuters

Bomb scare at Shaw-EDSA underpass

A member of the police bomb disposal unit approaches a suspicious package found at EDSA-Shaw underpass in Mandaluyong City on Friday. The package, which was later found to contain used styrofoam, disrupted traffic on both the north- and south-bound lanes of EDSA. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Malate demolition

A child plays by a creek as personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources demolish houses during clearing operations at the stretch of Estero de San Antonio Abad in Malate, Manila on Friday. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, as part of the Manila Bay cleanup efforts, appealed to informal settlers living along waterways to move to the relocation site provided by the government in Caloocan City. Some residents say they might stay behind and rent rooms to be able to retain their current jobs in the area. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Million dollar smiles

Smile Train Ambassador and reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray plays with Kendrick Antonio during her visit with cleft lip and palate patients at the Philippine Band of Mercy in Quezon City on Friday. Smile Train, a New York-based charity, promotes a sustainable model which provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in more than 85 developing countries to provide 100 percent free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Diez files gender discrimination case after mall toilet incident

Transgender woman Gretchen Diez takes an elevator moments before filing a gender discrimination case against Araneta Center Inc. for violating the city’s Gender Fair Ordinance before the Quezon City Pride Council on Friday. Diez was briefly detained on Tuesday after a scuffle with a mall janitress over her use of the female restroom. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Time to fight dengue

A child walks by a poster for the NCR-wide synchronized dengue clean-up drive in Quezon City on Friday. The program is a response to the recently declared national dengue epidemic. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Justice for murdered farmers

A woman places a candle near posters bearing the names of murdered farmers in Negros Oriental during a protest at University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, on Friday. Negros Oriental has seen a high number of murders, none of which has been solved so far. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Spacious Circle

People enjoy the open space, as they visit the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Friday. The tiangges, contracts of which have expired, were removed in line with efforts to make the park more “people-friendly.” Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News