Villagers, who were mistaken as escapees, walk past by the body of Satar Manalundong after an alleged shootout with the police in Barangay Amas, Kidpawan City on January 4, 2017. Manalundong was killed in a police operation hours after the jailbreak at Amas Provincial Jail, where 158 inmates had escaped in an early morning raid orchestrated by suspected Moro rebels.

MISTAKEN. Villagers, who were mistaken as escapees, walk past by the body of Satar Manalundong after an alleged shootout with the police in Barangay Amas, Kidpawan City on January 4, 2017. Manalundong was killed in a police operation hours after the jailbreak at Amas Provincial Jail, where 158 inmates had escaped in an early morning raid orchestrated by suspected Moro rebels.

 

 

REJECTED. Then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez takes a picture of Lake Buluan while onboard a private helicopter over Maguindanao province on April 5, 2017. A month later, the Commission on Appointments rejected the staunch environment advocate’s intermin appointment at Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

 

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie wave to the spectators during their departure for Japan following a two-day visit in Davao City on January 12-13, 2017.

GOODBYE, DAVAO! Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie wave to the spectators during their departure for Japan following a two-day visit in Davao City on January 12-13, 2017.

 

 

Bridesmaids belonging to the Kagan tribe walk in the middle of a banana plants on their way to a tradiional wedding ceremony in a remote village of Maco in Compostela Valley Province on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

WEDDING DAY. Bridesmaids belonging to the Kagan tribe walk in the middle of a banana plants on their way to a tradiional wedding ceremony in a remote village of Maco in Compostela Valley Province on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

 

 

A portion of the national highway in Kalilangan town in Bukidnon was damaged by the magnitude 6 earthquake on 12 April 2017. The quake affected 190 families, 771 individuals and damaged 78 houses, 60 of them partially, 14 severely and four totally damaged.

DAMAGED. A portion of the national highway in Kalilangan town in Bukidnon was damaged by the magnitude 6 earthquake on 12 April 2017. The quake affected 190 families, 771 individuals and damaged 78 houses, 60 of them partially, 14 severely and four totally damaged.

 

 

Residents of Barangay 23 Mini Forest in Davao City gather at a covered basketball court for identification verification during the "Operation Bolabog" on Thursday morning of May 25, 2017, the first day of martial law in Mindanao. The operation was meant to verify non-residents as part of the city's tightened security measures.

FIRST DAY OF MARTIAL LAW. Residents of Barangay 23 Mini Forest in Davao City gather at a covered basketball court for identification verification during the “Operation Bolabog” on Thursday morning of May 25, 2017, the first day of martial law in Mindanao. The operation was meant to verify non-residents as part of the city’s tightened security measures.

 

 

Cayamora Maute (center), father of the Maute brothers, inside the Davao City Police Office on 6 June 2017. Cayamora was arrested at the Sirawan, Toril checkpoint of Task Force Davao.

BIG CATCH. Cayamora Maute (center), father of the Maute brothers, inside the Davao City Police Office on 6 June 2017. Cayamora was arrested at the Sirawan, Toril checkpoint of Task Force Davao.

 

 

A member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team on June 22 inspects the chapel in Barangay Malagakit in Pigcawayan North Cotabato after it was desecrated by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on June 21, 2017.

DESECRATED. A member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team on June 22 inspects the chapel in Barangay Malagakit in Pigcawayan North Cotabato after it was desecrated by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on June 21, 2017.

 

 

JOINT PATROL. Members of the Indonesian Navy render a salute during the arrival ceremonies at Sasa Port in Davao City on July 6, 2017. The Indonesian Navy conducted a joint border patrols with the Philippine Navy to strengthen security measures in the border between the two countries amid the threat of terrorism in the region.

JOINT PATROL. Members of the Indonesian Navy render a salute during the arrival ceremonies at Sasa Port in Davao City on July 6, 2017. The Indonesian Navy conducted a joint border patrols with the Philippine Navy to strengthen security measures in the border between the two countries amid the threat of terrorism in the region.

 

 

STREET DANCING.
Dancers perform during the ‘Indak-indak sa Kadalanan,’ a street dancing competition during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

 

 

BUILD, BUILD. Workers fix steel bars as part of the expansion work on Maa bridge along the Diversion Road in Davao City.

 

 

Chinese and Filipino Navy sailors give out their best in a different battle during a friendly game of ‘tug of war’ at the Philippine Navy camp during a goodwill visit of the Chinese Navy in Davao City on May 1, 2017.

FRIENDLY GAME. Chinese and Filipino Navy sailors give out their best in a different battle during a friendly game of ‘tug of war’ at the Philippine Navy camp during a goodwill visit of the Chinese Navy in Davao City on May 1, 2017.

 

 

SELFIE. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio pose for selfie with the members of the Davao City Police's SWAT team following their graduation rites on August 3, 2017.

SELFIE. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio pose for selfie with the members of the Davao City Police’s SWAT team following their graduation rites on August 3, 2017.

 

 

TRACES OF WAR. A member of the Philippine Marines stand outside their outpost inside the main battle area in Marawi City as there was a lull in fighting against Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)-inspired terrorists on September 18, 2017.

TRACES OF WAR. A member of the Philippine Marines stand outside their outpost inside the main battle area in Marawi City as there was a lull in fighting against Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)-inspired terrorists on September 18, 2017.
The five-month war in Marawi City displaced about 300,00 persons and left 165 government troops killed while almost a thousand on the terrorists side.

 

 

President Rodrigo Duterte leads the declaration of liberation of Marawi City on October 17, 2017 after almost five months of fighting against ISIS-inspired Maute terror group.

LIBERATION DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the declaration of liberation of Marawi City on October 17, 2017 after almost five months of fighting against ISIS-inspired Maute terror group.

 

 

BAKWIT. For four months already, this evacuation camp in Pantar, Lanao del Norte is host to at least 500 people from Marawi City. Photo taken on September 19, 2017. The five-month war in Marawi City has displaced about 300, 000 persons.

BAKWIT. For four months already, this evacuation camp in Pantar, Lanao del Norte is host to at least 500 people from Marawi City. Photo taken on September 19, 2017. The five-month war in Marawi City has displaced about 300, 000 persons.

 

 

LIFE GOES ON. Children from Marawi City attend class under a makeshift tent at Pantar Central Elementary School in Pantar, Lanao del Sur. Photo taken on September 20, 2017.

LIFE GOES ON. Children from Marawi City attend class under a makeshift tent at Pantar Central Elementary School in Pantar, Lanao del Sur. Photo taken on September 20, 2017.

 

 

Residents escape on boats as a fire spreads through the coastal village of Sasa in Davao City on November 24, 2017. The fire, which razed least 400 houses, rendered about 800 families homeless.

THROUGH THE SEA. Residents escape on boats as a fire spreads through the coastal village of Sasa in Davao City on November 24, 2017. The fire, which razed at least 400 houses, rendered about 800 families homeless.

 

 

Thick smoke billows from burning NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Thirty eight persons were killed in the fire after they were trapped in the fourth floor of the mall.

MASSIVE FIRE. Thick smoke billows from burning NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Thirty eight persons were killed in the fire after they were trapped in the fourth floor of the mall.

 

 

Children play in the mud following a flood that swamped their village in Montevista, Compostela Valley province on December 22, 2017.. Compostela Valley is one of several provinces in Mindanao under Storm Signal No. 2 because of Storm Vinta.

RESILIENCE. Children play in the mud following a flood that swamped their village in Montevista, Compostela Valley province on December 22, 2017. Compostela Valley is one of several provinces in Mindanao under Storm Signal No. 2 because of Storm Vinta.