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Effigies make comeback in Sona demonstration.

Protesters brought back effigies as the centerpiece of this year's State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) paraded on Monday an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte leading a blood-spattered military tank featuring the effigies of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and of Uncle Sam, a representation of 'political and economic repression' under the administration.

'Yung political repression dyan si Lorenzana (Lorenzana symbolizes political repression),' said Luigi Almuena, lead artist and spokesperson of UGATLahi Artist Collective.

The tank, a hybrid bulldozer-APC with tractor wheels, symbolized both the martial law in Mindanao and the backward agricultural sector, Almuena said.

'Yung tangke na to, yung APC, yung ginagamit sa Marawi. Ito yung representation mismo ng martial law doon,' the artist told

Uncle Sam, on the other hand, represented the superpower's political and economic control of the country.

Last year, Sona protesters took a break from making an effigy as a sign of support to newly-elected Duterte. They instead paraded a six-panel mural that reflected their aspirations under the new government.

But as the peace talks with the National Democratic Front collapsed a year later, Bayan promised to step up their protest to 'deliver strong message' to Duterte.

The group will not say yet if they will burn the the president's effigy after his speech, a tradition it has held under the previous administrations.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Jul 24, 2017
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