Protesters burn Aquino effigy


Demonstrators torch 14-foot tall effigy of President Benigno Aquino III during their protest on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City Monday. Photo by Jamie Marie Elona of

MANILA, Philippines—Protesters burned Monday afternoon an effigy of President Benigno Aquino III on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City that portrayed a two-faced character – one that was charming and the other, menacing.

Coinciding with Aquino’s third State of the Nation Address, protesters torched a 14-foot tall effigy sitting on a bulldozer around 2:15 p.m.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) members said it reflected Aquino’s performance leading up to his third year as President.

“Having two faces mean being deceptive. That is what this [administration] has excelled in the past two years,” said Crisanto de Leon, chairman of artist collective UGATLahi.

Bayan said the right side of the effigy presented Aquino as a “charming suitor” in his signature yellow shirt, with a bouquet of flowers in his right hand with abbreviations PPP (Public-Private Partnership) and CCT (Conditional Cash Transfer).

The other side of the effigy showed “hideous scars and rotten face.”

In the backdrop, a US spy plane was suspended over the effigy’s shoulder. The left hand held an instrument of torture.

“These symbols are a critique of increased US military intervention and unmitigated rise in human rights violations. The number of extrajudicial killings under Aquino’s watch surpassed its hundredth count just recently,” rights group Karapatan said.

The bulldozer, the group said, symbolized Aquino’s “destructive” mining policy and the administration’s penchant to demolish squatter communities.

On claims of economic growth by Aquino, Bayan said the gains were achieved “at the expense of the exploited poor.”

“While mining and housing projects have proved profitable for the private sector, the masses have only seen demolished homes, loss of livelihood and an unbearably grim future,” de Leon added.

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  • Platypus09

    How dare!!

    They are very disrespectful.

    These people from Bayan should be asked, “What have you done to this country other than making troubles, chaos and sow hatred in the Filipino people?

    You Bayan people are nothing but brats, lazy to work and make money, and bad role models of the society.

    You guys should be incarcerated forever…

    • Allan

      Yan ang mga tao na wala ng ginawa sa buhay nila kung hindi ang sisihin ang gobyerno sa lahat ng problema nila. Sa halip na maghanap- buhay ng maayos, puro paninisi ang ginagawa- of course with the help of their comraqdes’ Pork Barrel Funds…..

      Kelan kaya makakatulong sa pag- unlad ng bayan ang mga taong yan?

      • marionics

        well their ultimate goal is to be like china and north korea he he

  • Pedro

    Lumang tugtugin na yang burning na yan ng effigy ! Wala ng dating yan ! You communists are only a very small minority  as compared to majority of the millions of Filipinos who are supporting President Noynoy. .  . . WALA  NA  YAN . . . 

  • Jon

    Sana marunong ng vodoo yang mga militanteng iyan.

  • Noel Rose

    dapat magkaroon ng referendum kahit sa manila lang kung sang-ayon tayo sa mga ginagawa nitong mga aktibista para magkabistohan na!

  • Jpb

    mga lefty sigurado mga to, sila lang ang wild na parang nakatakas sa hawla. halata na para silang mga bali…w

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