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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: December 19, 2019

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2019 02:23 AM

Here are the day's big stories in photos.

A call to defend press freedom

Policemen remove a mural placed near the gate of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Thursday where a special court is expected to rule on the 10-year-old Maguindanao massacre case. Fifty-eight people, including 32 journalists perished in the carnage that is considered the worst political attack in the Philippines. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Voting on Trump impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during a vote on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. The US House of Representatives voted 229 to 198, to impeach US President Trump for obstruction after his refusal to cooperate in a Democratic led impeachment investigation. Patrick Semansky, AP

Handing down the Maguindanao massacre verdict

Members of the media take images from footage showing Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes arriving at the court for the Maguindanao massacre hearing, inside the capital command headquarters in Manila on Thursday. Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Solis Reyes handed down its guilty verdict on the alleged masterminds of the Philippines' worst political massacre, in a case that highlighted the nation's culture of impunity. Francis Malasig, Pool/AFP

Anticipating the Maguindanao massacre verdict

Relatives of those who perished in the Maguindanao massacre 10 years ago arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa for the scheduled verdict on Thursday. Fifty-eight people, including 32 journalists, were killed in what is considered to be one of the worst political attack in the country Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Members of Ampatuan clan arrive for Maguindanao massacre verdict

Members of the Ampatuan clan arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on Thursday for the promulgation of the 10-year-old Maguindanao massacre case. Clan members are among 101 who stood trial for the murder of 58 people, including 32 journalists in what is considered as the worst political attack in the Philippines. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Justice served for 57 Maguindanao massacre victims

Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu celebrates with families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre after the release of the guilty verdict against most of the accused Ampatuans, as well as dozens of their accessories, at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on Thursday. Five members of the Ampatuan clan were sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole for the massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Victory against impunity

Family of victims react as they step out of a court following a guilty verdict in a 2009 election-related killings in Maguindanao, at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig, on Thursday. A Quezon City trial court on Thursday found key members of the Ampatuan clan guilty over a massacre that left 57 people dead in a brazen act that horrified the world. One body has yet to be found. Aaron Favila, AP Photo

Costumed cleaners

Workers wearing pig and rat costumes greet a child as they clean windows on a building in Tokyo on Thursday. Much of Asia and the world celebrated the Lunar New Year of the Pig in 2019 and will welcome the Year of the Rat in early 2020. Charly Triballeau, AFP

Christmas light house

People visit and take pictures of the Christmas lights display in Policarpio St., Mandaluyong on Thursday. The annual tradition was started by homeowners in 1995 and continue to be an attraction. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News