Here are the big stories today in photos
President Duterte is welcomed by a representative of the People’s Republic of China upon his arrival at the Beijing International Airport Wednesday evening. Duterte will be attending the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation and hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to discuss areas of cooperation. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo
Protesters display placards and cutouts of giant clams during a rally at the Department of Foreign Affairs to coincide with President Duterte’s visit to Beijing to attend the “Belt and Road Forum” Thursday. The protesters scored China for the alleged “increasing tensions” in the South China Sea and demanded Duterte to open to the public all agreements made with China during the said forum. Bullit Marquez, AP
Members of the Sri Lankan Navy prepare to dock their Offshore Patrol Vessel P626 at Manila’s south harbor pier, Philippines on Thursday. It is the first goodwill visit of a Sri Lankan ship in the country since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961.
In a statement, the Philippine Navy extended its deepest sympathy to the people of Sri Lanka and the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings. Aaron Favila, AP
President Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Thursday. Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the 2 countries. Kenzaburo Fukuhara, Pool via Reuters
Energy Committee Chair Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (left, back to camera) and 1-CARE Party-list Rep. Carlos Roman look at a graph of the Luzon Power Outlook during a congressional hearing on Thursday held amid the spate of power outages affecting Luzon. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has recently issued a series of yellow and red alert warnings for the Luzon grid due to the simultaneous shutdown of five power plants. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB
A Nepali man walks in an alley flanked by houses that were damaged by the 2015 earthquake, on the fourth anniversary of the disaster in Kathmandu on Thursday. Nearly 9,000 people were killed when a 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. Prakash Mathema, AFP