0539 GMT March 20, 2018
Colorful effigies of the US president, including one with four arms in the shape of a Nazi swastika, were carried through the streets of the Philippine capital, Rappler.com reported.
A likeness of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte peeked out from behind the figure, as the two leaders readied to sit down for formal talks less than three kilometers (two miles) away.
Protesters carried placards that read “Trump Go Home” and “Ban Trump #1 Terrorist.”
This has been the major rallying cry of at least 2,000 protesters on Monday, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings hosted by the Philippine government. For many groups, this marked their fifth day of protest.
APolice also said there were nearly 2,000 people at the rallies.
Laban ng Masa, a new opposition group, mobilized at least 500 protesters at their rally in Quiapo. The contingent moved towards the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the major venue for the ASEAN Summit, but T. M. Kalaw Avenue was blocked off by police.
Protesters peacefully negotiated with the police. Their request to push forward, however, was denied.
Protesters were met with riot police – some wearing flak jackets and carrying rifles – who fired water cannons and sounded high-pitched alarms.
At least six police officers were injured in the melee, an AFP reporter at the scene said.
The ASEAN is hosting two separate events, on Monday and Tuesday in Manila.
They also include China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the United States.
The rising threat of the Daesh group across Southeast Asia, and efforts to pressure North Korea to abandon his nuclear activities, are top items on the agenda.