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‘DUTERTRAIN’ EFFIGY ONE OF HIGHLIGHTS OF SONA PROTESTS



Meanwhile, one of the highlights of the SONA is the burning of the effigy.

And this year, it will be called as the Dutertrain — a concept which artists say represents the leadership style of President Duterte as having “run over” human rights and due process.

According to Eugene Balbas, member of the Ugat Lahi Artist collective, weeks were spent for the effigy’s conceptualization; while construction, with volunteer artist, started since Tuesday.

About 6,000 cops and about 600 soldiers will be deployed by the government to secure various areas in Manila and Quezon City to ensure safe and peaceful demonstrations.

Earlier, President Duterte told security forces to practice maximum tolerance and to refrain from bringing guns.