Philippines’ Duterte facing ‘Hunger Games’ protests

MANILA (AFP) – Critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have adopted the three-finger salute from the hit “Hunger Games” films as a sign of resistance against his rule and drug war killings.

The sign is in contrast to Duterte’s own iconic gesture, a clenched fist raised at or above eye level that is immensely popular with his support but which opponents have likened to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s hand salute.

Opposition lawmakers and other members of a new anti-Duterte coalition performed the Hunger Games salute in unison on Monday while announcing protests tomorrow against what they said was his “path filled with violence, contempt for law and hate”.

“Yes, we adopted the three-finger salute to signify resistance, same as that of the Hunger Games trilogy,” House of Representatives member Gary Alejano told AFP.

“It resonates with many young people,” said Emman Hizon, chief of staff of opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, another of those who made the three-finger salute.

Philippine Senators Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes, Francis Pangilinan and others raising a three-finger salute, as they launched the Tindig Pilipinas (Arise Philippines) movement in Manila. – AFP