Militants burn Aquino effigy


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AQUINO IN FLAMES. Militants burn the effigy of President Benigno Aquino III during a protest along Commonwealth Avenue shortly before the Aquino delivers his speech I Congress Monday, July 25, 2011.

AQUINO IN FLAMES. Militants burn an effigy of President Benigno Aquino III ahead of his State of the Nation Address in Congress Monday, July 25, 2011. Video taken by Noy Morcoso and edited by Cathy Miranda

MANILA, Philippines – Militants burned an effigy of President Benigno Aquino III, an hour before he was to deliver his State of the Nation Address in Congress Monday.

The effigy made by UGATLahi artist collective showed Aquino’s head fashioned into a giant penoy (duck egg) with it’s top popping open showing various issues faced by the Aquino Administration.

The head was on top of a US military vehicle, which symbolized the current administration’s continued dependence on the US government.

The vehicle also had a sign, similar to what you would find on the windshield of a public bus or jeepney, which said “Impyerno, Ilalim [Hell, Under]”.

Members of militant groups danced around the burning effigy while waving flags and banners at the St. Peter’s Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

The militants expressed their disappointment because Aquino failed to accomplish anything during his first year in office, chanting, “Noynoy Aquino, walang pagbabago (Noynoy Aquino, no change].”

They asked why, despite the exposes against his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, no one involved has been put in jail.

“Mahigit isang taon nang namamayagpag sa kongreso si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, bakit hindi pa siya nakukulong [Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has spent a year in Congress, why isn’t she in jail]?” Kabataan Partlylist Mong Palatino said.

Some 5000 joint forces of the PNP, Armed Forces, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Bureau of Fire Protection were deployed in the area to ensure peace and order.

Among the groups present were the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, transport group Piston, Anakpawis, Anakbayan, Bayan Muna Partylist, Alliance of Concerned Teachers group, and Migrante.

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  • Elvin

    Eh anong ginagawa nyo mga militanteng mamamayan? WALA! Puro kayo dada….mabuti pa sunugin nyo sarili nyo!

  • Mark Santos

    dapat pati mga raliyista sinunog na din. mga totoong salot sa lipunan. noise polution. vandalism at panira sa paningin ng lipunan. yan ang totoong muka ng mga raliyista na yan. yung tax na binabayad ko sa gobyerno malamang napupunta sa mga perwisyong raliyista na yan galing sa mga pork barrel ng opposisyon. imbis na mag trabaho at ayusin mga sariling buhay puro reklamo. mga walang kwenta nag ca-cause pa kayo ng traffic. 

  • Anonymous

    sang dakilang kagaguhan din mga rebelde na yan… dapat sa kanila sunugin…

  • Anonymous

    I have been an activist before way back in college kaso parang mali yata yung puro batikos at propaganda ang gagawin ninyo na wala naman tyong ginagawa para sa ikakaunlad ng ating bansa. Wag puro reklamo…

    • Franklin Li

      Tama ! Puro nalang reklamo wala namang na gawa para sa bayan !

  • Anonymous

    Ano ba ang ipinaglalaban ng mga militanteng ito?  Bakit yung tungkol sa Spratly’s issue tahimik sila.  Palagay ko nanggugulo lang ang mga ito…ang bababaw!

    • Franklin Li

      Pinag laban nila ang bulok nilang idealismo. May presidente na nga tayong clean, honest and transparent at handang lumaban para sa bayan tapos nag welga pa sila. Ano ba gusto nila. Bulok ang mga leftist na iyan mga bobo at sira ulo. 

    • Franklin Li

      LeBox: Mukha yatang naka pusta sila sa China ! hahahahha 

  • Guest

    The leftist groups are the models of disrespect. Ipinakita nila sa kabataan na puwedeng bastosin ang mga halal na opisyal ng bayan. This is totally unFilipino.

    • Franklin Li

      That’s right. They should pack their bags and start supporting our government

  • Ricardo del Cabo Sur

    The so-called militants …

  • Ricardo del Cabo Sur

    The so-called militants are very good in contriving public tantrums and theatrical antics. Of course, one can always expect them to be throwing all kinds of “rotten eggs” at the establishment if only to ensure gratuitous coverage from their sympathetic friends in media. (After all, dramatic visuals with accompanying pyrotechnics make good copy, get broadcasted, and sell papers). 

    Madali ang bumatikos mula sa tabi ng lansangan dahil wala naman pananagutan ang mga militante sa taong bayan. Libre naman ang bumatikos. Ngayon pa (lampas ng isang taon) na damdam nila ang sakit ng pagkatalo ng kanilang manok. Kaya galit ang mga militante kay PNoy. Hindi si PNoy ang basag na itlog. Ang basag ay ang hindi makabuluhang pagiisip ng mga militante tapos ng suporta nila kay Manny Villar, na hindi man dumalo sa batasan para makining sa ulat ng Pangulo sa taong bayan. 

    Asahan natin, sa susunod na SONA, mas-dramatic at masmalaki ang susunugin nila na effigy ni PNoy, sigurado masaya na naman ang mga militante dahil, makokover na-naman ang burning effigy nila, walang paltos ang Inquirer dyan taon taon.

    • Franklin Li

      Dapat mag welga din tayo against the Leftist wala nalang silang ginawa kung hindi mag dulot nang traffic. Its time for them to change. 

  • Anonymous

    There is no new to what these militants are doing. They will do the same thing for a good or bad president.

    Can you please list down what good accomplishment you have done for the country?

  • Vicente Gallardo

    Why do people in the Philippines blame the United States for their woes?  Why is it theyre never satisfied with a particular Government?  Its sad to see that these people seek attention in such a way as to embarras the Philippines.  Maybe I should denounce my dual citizenship….

  • Wong Fei Hong

    Long Live China

    • Franklin Li

      Wong Fei Hong: Are you on drugs ? “Ang sa Pilipinas ay sa Pilipinas; kapag tumapak ka sa Recto Bank, para ka na ring tumapak sa Recto Avenue.” Gets ka ba ? Pag hindi mo na gets pa tapon kita sa Recto bank para kainin ka nang mga pating. 

  • Saul

    reporters/writers should not write about these theatricals of the militants since there is nothing new about more sensible matters! maybe journalists should report where do these militants get their funds..

    • Franklin Li

      Tama. We should not give this people attention so as to not to give fuel to their idiocy :-) 

  • Anonymous

    imperyalismong amerikano…parang dekada 80 nadidinig ko yan…yan mga batang yan, alam ba nila pinagsasabi nila? 

    • Franklin Li

      hahahah gaya2x lang ang mga yan. Walang magawa siguro sa bahay ! I have what the leftist are doing ever since. Kaya I will comment and voice out in every forum sa internet against them !

  • Franklin Li

    Leftist groups have done nothing but destroy our country through negativism.They always say negative things no matter who sits in Malacanang or what the President has done so far. They never admit that the President has done a good job. I believe that even if Satur Ocampo or Walden Bello or Rafael Mariano will become president they will still hold protest. This is how sick they are. They don’t even know what they are saying.

    Its time for them to drop their placards and be more proactive in helping our country. Didn’t you get the president’s message ? “Tapusin na po natin ang kultura ng negatibismo; iangat natin ang kapwa-Pilipino sa bawat pagkakataon. Bakit po ang iba, ang hilig maghanap ng kung anu-anong pangit sa ating bayan? At napakahirap—parang kasalanan—na magsabi ng maganda? Naalala pa po ba natin noong huling beses tayong pumuri sa kapwa Pilipino?” (Let us end the culture of negativism; let us uplift our fellow Filipinos at every opportunity. Why are there people who enjoy finding fault in our country, who find it so hard—as though it were a sin—to say something nice? Can we even remember the last time we praised a fellow Filipino?) Mabuhay ka Pnoy, continue your reforms. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas !

  • Anonymous

    Days o weeks before P-Noy dilevered his SONA  the militants were already preparing pharapernillas to counter his SONA message as if the knew already what he’s going to tell the people. Its sad. I think it will be more appropriate and effective if they listen first. I am a long time Bayan symphathizer until now, but I don’t expect a President who is a miracle-worker. (Do they?) Its already enough to have a President who is honest and sincere in bringing the people towards sa matuwid na daan.

  • Anonymous

    Sayang ang perang ginamit sa paggawa ng karikatura, susunugin lang.  Kung ang perang ginamit diyan ay ibinili ng bigas at ibinigay sa pamilyang walang makain ay nakapagtawatid ng buhay man lang sila. Kahit isa o dalawang pamilya, pwede na.
    Iyan ang makuha ng pagpapaaral sa UP.  Pag estudyante pa lang ay welgista.  Pag nagkatrabaho na, lalo na sa pamahalaan o naging congressman na, kurap na!

    • marilou

      Di naman mga taga-UP lahat yan. Marami na ngang apathetic sa UP e.

  • gilc

    Binayaran yang mga yan ni Pichay at Arroyo

  • Sonny Cos

    “Mahigit isang taon nang namamayagpag sa kongreso si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, bakit hindi pa siya nakukulong [Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has spent a year in Congress, why isn’t she in jail]?” Kabataan Partlylist Mong Palatino said.  – kahit ganyan ang pilipinas syempre may due process paren… masyadong nagmamadali ang mga militanteng ito… bata pako ganyan na sila lahat ng presidente ayaw nila… wala nang pinagbago…. dapat na rin kayong magbago at tumulong sa gobyerno hindi laging reklamo…. sabi nga dito sa america… “don’t think what the government can do for the country but what you can do for the country”  kayo panay sarili iniisip… tsk tsk tsk… pabigat narin kayo sa bayan.

  • Anonymous

    Days o weeks before P-Noy dilevered his SONA the militants were already preparing pharapernillas to counter his SONA message as if the knew already what he’s going to tell the people. Its sad. I think it will be more appropriate and effective if they listen first. I am a long time Bayan symphathizer until now, but I don’t expect a President who is a miracle-worker. (Do they?) Its already enough to have a President who is honest and sincere in bringing the people towards sa matuwid na daan.  Burning an effigy of an innocent leader is too harse it is symbolically tantamount to giving death penalty to a good man who has done nothing wrong but to try his very best to serve his people. Only that what he has done unfortunately does’nt fit with what others expect.

  • Anonymous

    look at these unproductive people..that’s when they exercise their rights the thoughtlessly..

  • Ronnie R

    Waste of money and resources by these militants.    Pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Why not go to the Chinese Embassy and use your energy there?  Blaming the U.S. and the Aquino administration is unfair.  Look who helps us during calamity…did you guys also help even just a volunteer? I doubt  it. Haven’t read any news that you have contribute something to the cause of improving Philippines.  all you do is whine and complain about the situation in our country.  

    Why not be part of the team…?

  • Anonymous

    What are you guys complaining about? Give him a break….Why not go to the Chinese Embassy instead…?  You don';t like Americans but who do we ask if there';s calamity…You guys didn’t even offered to help.  not a Single news about your group helping constituents.  So what are you fighting for?  Who is financing your activites? Oh well…………….

  • marilou

    These so called militants are anti-environment. Effigy burning is a pollutant. I used to take to the streets too during the last decade of Macoy. I continue to be critical of our government but I do not see the point of these current exaggerated protests. P-Noy has been in office for just one year. Activism truly is a full time job for some people. Get a life!

  • Anonymous

    ang marami dyan, hindi nag aral….yun yun!

  • Chu li

    Malaki ata ang binigay na pera na Chines Embassy ngayon para mas marami ang sasama.

  • Anonymous

    Must be frustrating to live in a time warp. That’s what happens when you are marginalizede, not because you are oppressed but simply because you have insignificant political following.  These leftists, they are really left out, kaya KSP.

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