Nearly a thousand left-wing activists burned effigies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his U.S. and Chinese counterparts Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Manila on Friday, marking the 155th birth anniversary of the country's revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.

The activists marched to the U.S. embassy in Manila to protest Duterte's close relationship with the American leader and Beijing despite a territorial dispute over oil-rich islands in the South China Sea.

Protesters say the military and economic agreements between Manila and the two giants are lopsided and puts the Philippines in danger as the U.S. and China compete for influence in the region and are engaged in a trade war.

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