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Vandalism or art? Spray-painted messages irk Manila bureau

Vandalism or art? Spray-painted messages irk Manila bureau

LIKE OR DISLIKE? A photo of this “protest art” has been shared over 2,000 times on social media, generating mixed reactions. —PHOTO FROM PANDAY SINING’S FACEBOOK PAGE

MANILA, Philippines — What authorities have described as vandalism has been defended by a group of young artists as part of an ongoing “Graffiesta.”

On Tuesday, city hall personnel painted over political messages that had been scrawled on the Lagusnilad underpass and a wall on UN Avenue.

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“Presyo ibaba, sahod itaas—PS. (Lower prices, raise wages—PS)” read one of the messages left on the underpass that had just been repainted earlier this month.

On a wall on UN Avenue, a poster showed a policeman holding a gun next to these words: “Anong gagawin pag pulis mismo ang kriminal?—PS (What do you do when the police themselves are the criminals?—PS).”

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“Vandalism is not the answer to change. Discipline and understanding are what we need for a developed Manila,” the Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau said in a tweet.

PS or Panday Sining, a cultural organization of young artists, said the protest art was “about exposing and at the same time opposing the fascist attacks of the US-Duterte regime.”

This was their “contribution” in addressing the crises in the country, PS representative Francis Joven told the Inquirer.

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