THE DAY IN PHOTOS: December 18, 2019
Here are the day's big stories in photos.
Duterte celebrates Armed Forces' 84th anniversary
President Duterte inspects newly-acquired hardware during the 84th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff General Noel S. Clement accompanied the president. Richard Madelo, Presidential Photo
Tight security at hospital ahead of Ampatuan transfer
Police officers secure the entrance of the Makati Medical Center on Wednesday, where Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the primary accused in the Maguindanao case, is currently confined after suffering from stroke on October 21. A Quezon City court has ordered Ampatuan's return to jail in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City ahead of the release of the verdict on December 19. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Protesters call for Trump’s impeachment
Protesters hold a lit-up "impeach" sign as they take part in a rally to support the impeachment and removal of U.S. President Donald Trump outside the federal building in Seattle, Washington, USA on Tuesday. The US House of Congress is set to pass two articles of impeachment on Trump’s alleged abuse of power which allegedly forced the Ukrainian president on possible candidates from the US Democrats. Lindsey Wasson, Reuters
Shiori Ito wins #metoo case against colleague
Japanese journalist Shiori Ito speaks to reporters outside the Tokyo district court on Wednesday after hearing the ruling on a lawsuit she filed against a former TV reporter of rape. Shiori Ito was awarded 3.3 million yen (more than P1.5 million) in the high profile case against the alleged attacker known for his close ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that spotlighted the #metoo movement in Japan. Charly Triballeau, AFP
'Defend press freedom'
Press freedom advocates stage a solidarity event for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre on Wednesday, the eve of the release of the verdict on the single deadliest attack on media workers. The election-related violence allegedly perpetrated by the Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao led to 58 deaths, 32 of which were journalists. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
A woman carries her child as they hear mass at the parking lot beside the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, more popularly known as Baclaran Church on Wednesday. People often flock to the shrine to hear Simbang Gabi mass during the Holiday season. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News