Students and teachers watch a barefooted man wearing a Santa Claus costume performing a tightrope act as part of their Yuletide season presentation inside a crocodile farm in Pasay City on Wednesday. Filipinos are known for celebrating one of the longest Christmas seasons.
Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters
Rizal Park Management personnel install colorful native lanterns, or parols, at the park on Wednesday. Less than a month before Christmas, establishments are busy beautifying and adding Christmas decorations for the Yuletide season.
Photo: ABS-CBN News
Members of Task Force Phantom, a team composed of Philippine National Police and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel, show their skills at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City on Wednesday. The group will secure the route of Pope Francis during his visit in January.
Photo: ABS-CBN News
President Aquino meets with the representatives from farmer organizations during a dialogue at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang on Wednesday. The farmers were petitioning for the Marcos-era coco levy funds to be used for programs that would benefit them.
Photo by Benhur Arcayan, Malacañang Photo
Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada emerges from the Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan after a physical therapy session on Wednesday. Estrada, who is facing charges related to the pork barrel scam, was allowed by the Sandiganbayan for two sessions in two weeks.
(UPDATE) - The Philippine economy slowed sharply to 5.3 percent in the third quarter from the year before, hit by a contraction in state spending and weaker growth in all sectors, the government said on Thursday.
(2ND UPDATE) The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill seeking to raise the tax exemption ceiling of 13th month pay and other bonuses to P82,000 from the current level of P30,000. It is not likely to take effect, however, until 2015.
by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
Senate OKs P82,000 tax exemption ceiling for bonuses
MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III laid out the administration’s plan to assist the coconut industry as he met with coconut farmers belonging to the group Kilus Magniniyog, which has called on government to tap the coco levy fund for their benefit.
by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
PNoy tells farmers: Coco levy fund still can't be used
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte maintained that proposals to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution and a joint resolution to give President Aquino additional authorization to contract power generating capacity remain priorities.
MANILA - Sinapak sa mukha at kinaladkad ang isang traffic enforcer ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ng isang motorista na nakasakay sa isang sports car sa Lungsod Quezon Huwebes ng umaga.