• For two years, former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago enrolled in various clinical trials for treatment of lung cancer but to no avail. Her frankness and no-nonsense drive against corruption earned her the moniker "Iron Lady of Asia."
  • Laborers declog a sewer on Iznart Street, Iloilo City. Clogged sewers cause flooding. These are among the culprits for the perennial flooding problem in the city. But a good drainage system is not enough to keep the city flood-free, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. People should not use it as their garbage bin. JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN
  • Christmas is in the air. Women shop for Christmas trees and decors at a department store on Ledesma Street, Iloilo City. The Yuletide season starts early in the Philippines. September is the start of the so-called "ber" months leading to the December Christmas celebration. JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN

    From afar, the beauty of Mayon Volcano in Albay province outweighs the dangers it poses. Early in September, Alert Level 1 (in abnormal condition) was raised at the volcano, discouraging the public from entering the 6-kilometer-radius permanent danger zone. JULIO P. YAP JR./PN

    City government officials watch 100 new traffic enforcers hold a drill at the New Government Center lobby during the ceremonial "send-off" to their assignments for this year's MassKara Festival. BACOLOD CITY PIO

    Art figures for the Majica MassKara on Oct. 8 are now under development. Artists led by Charlie Co will install them at the New Government Center fountain area. MASSKARA NEWSROOM

    Novak Djokovic will not be able to defend his title in this year's China Open. An elbow injury forced the 29-year-old world No. 1 to miss next week's tournament in Beijing. "The China Open is one of my favorite tournaments," he says. "I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP World Tour as soon as possible." AP
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