First virtual effigy burned during ‘SONAgKAISA’ rally

July 27, 2020 - 9:53 PM

For the first time this year, the annual burning of President Rodrigo Duterte’s effigy did not take place on street protest as it was done virtually.

Dubbed “e-ffigy,” progressive groups Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo or SAKA and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or Bayan projected the pre-recorded burning of the virtual effigy during the SONAgKAISA protest on Monday afternoon.

This year’s effigy depicts Duterte as COVID-19. It was also dubbed “veerus” effigy.

SAKA, an alliance of art, cultural & knowledge workers that support and advance land justice and food security, last Sunday gave a glimpse of the design of the e-ffigy.

It featured Filipino citizens clamoring against the anti-terror law, recently signed into law by Duterte despite widespread opposition.

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is feared to stifle criticism and curtail freedom of speech with its vague definition of “terrorism.”