The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried last week at the country’s Heroes’ Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the “people power” revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, a powerful earthquake in New Zealand left two people dead, triggered a small tsunami, and brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly quake struck the same region.
Chinese and American troops staged joint drills in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming in an effort to better coordinate responses to humanitarian disasters. Commanders from both sides stressed the importance of maintaining military-to-military exchanges under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, saying they’re crucial for building confidence between the two armed forces, which remain deeply wary of each other.
Two newly elected Hong Kong separatist lawmakers who altered their oaths by adding anti-China insults were disqualified from taking office. A High Court judge ruled that Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching of the Youngspiration party violated a section of the semiautonomous Chinese city’s mini-constitution, as well as laws covering oaths taken by officials.
A “supermoon” — the brightest moon in almost 69 years — lit up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the Asia-Pacific region and the globe.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Hiroshi Otabe in Tokyo.