The week in photos: Sept 1-6
We review the week that was through photos that capture news and trends

MANILA, Philippines – Here are the news highlights of the past week — in photos.

SUNDAY, SEPT 1, 2013

Janet Lim-Napoles transferred to Fort Sto. Domingo

The transfer of the alleged pork barrel scam queen pushed through two days after the order from the Makati City RTC was released.

 Janet Lim-Napoles undergoes inquest procedures inside her detention house in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Photo by PNP-PIO

Obama puts Syria strike on hold

US President Barack Obama postponed threatened missile strikes against Syria on Saturday, August 31, in a risky gamble that saw him striving to win more support against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US President Barack Obama talks on the phone with US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, as Vice President Joe Biden listens. Obama seeks Congress approval to authorize military action against Syria. Photo by AFP/The White House/Pete Souza

MONDAY, SEPT 2, 2013

Davao’s Duterte drives a cab

Wrongdoers in Davao, beware. The driver of that random cab passing by might just be Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

It was minutes past midnight on August 28, when 31-year-old Maria Anna Luna Saguilo hailed a cab in the city’s downtown area just to be surprised that this late night ride will be a once in a lifetime experience for her driver is Mayor Rody. Photo by Renante Luna

Day for sea creatures

Playing with stingrays and protecting the dolphins

Visitors of the Manila Ocean Park interact with stingrays during the launch of the park's newest attraction. Photo by EPA/Dennis Sabangan

Animal rights activists demonstrate in front of the Japanese embassy urging Japan to end its sanctioned slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig


Freeze: A literal pause

People say that in this fast-paced age, one needs to pause once in a while. Well, some people took it literally. 

Paul Agabin says the freeze mob stands for something bigger and not merely a way to seek attention. Photo by Rappler/Mark Demayo

Man versus machine

Modes of public transportation are aplenty in the country.

A foot-powered trolley races alongside a PNR train in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig


US Senate measure has 90-day deadline on Syria action

A divided US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved an amended resolution 10-7, that authorizes US military intervention with a 90-day deadline and bars American boots on the ground for combat purposes.

Code Pink protesters holds up their red painted hands as US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the crisis in Syria on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by AFP/Jim Watson

PH now ranks 59th in competitiveness index

The Philippines jumps a total of 26 notches since 2010 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.  

Customers walk past signs at a mall in Manila as the country jumps 6 notches in global competitiveness. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo


Whale shark found dead in Cavite

Found on the beach by a fisherman at around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, the whale shark was 6.5 meters long and around 2 meters wide, according to Provincial Fisheries Officer Ellen Voluntad of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. 

Residents look at the carcass of a juvenile whale shark washed ashore along a fishing village in Tanza, Cavite. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe

Nabcor, ZREC funded NGOs without vetting

Former heads of subsidiary agencies of the Agriculture Department told senators on Thursday, September 5, that they were conned into allowing the transfer of lawmakers’ development funds to fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

Senators blast former Nabcor and ZREC heads for failing to vet the Napoles-linked NGOs.Photo by Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal

FRIDAY, SEPT 6, 2013

Putin, Obama fail to heal rift over Syria

On the sidelines of the G20 summit, contradictions remained between the two leaders over US plans for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

US President Barack Obama walks into Konstantin Palace after shaking hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the start of the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo by AFP/Pool/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

EU commissioner lobbies for PH support

European Union Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard speaks to members of media in Makati. Hedegaard is in the country for a two day visit to strengthen bilateral cooperation on climate action. Photo by EPA/Dennis Sabangan

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS is intended to highlight major, compelling, interesting stories and trends that broke in the past week, both in the country and abroad. All photographs are obtained from Rappler photo stringers, private individuals, government PIOs, public domain websites and wire agencies such as Agence France Presse and European Press Photo Agency, which license use by Rappler.

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