The Philippines edges closer to passing the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, but local Filipinos refuse to let it pass without a fight.
The act, also known as Senate Bill 1083, claims to strengthen the country through stricter laws and is fast tracked to being approved in the country’s Senate.
While many are sharing petitions and emailing their concerns to local senators, Filipino artists are criticizing the bill’s amendments through art.
Here’s what they have to say.
— alex (@saintxnxs) June 2, 2020
filipino activists are not terrorists! BLM/antifa activists are not terrorists! pro-HK activists are not terrorists! pic.twitter.com/YWhzTeY3av
— nina m 🗡️ #JunkTerrorBill (@cybersoybean) June 2, 2020
i hope i made this gif as simple as possible. if we let the bill be passed as a law, even our simplest means to communicate our concerns may be held against us. #JunkTerrorBill pic.twitter.com/wQoZNcha6V
— ris ; commissions open! (@ahrtnyeongs) June 1, 2020
— Re Den (@ArtCanRed) June 1, 2020
— 🇵🇭Jam⁷ (@Jam_cheonjae) May 29, 2020
— james #JunkTerrorBill (@dyemosaurus) June 1, 2020
Activism is NOT Terrorism!!
Tanging sandata lang natin ay ang ating mga sigaw
— 🕊️COMMSS OPEN🕊️ #OUSTDUTERTENOW (@franshookie_art) June 2, 2020
#junkterrorbillnow 🇵🇭 activism is not terrorism. protestors and rallyists are not terrorists. criticizing the government or urging others to speak up is not a “threat to the nation”. it is our right, and responsibility, as citizens to dissent when the system is unjust. 1/ pic.twitter.com/nCysivw1xe
— chichi ꒰꒰(; ఠ ௰ ఠ)꒱꒱ (@chichilittle) June 2, 2020
We are not the ones who spread terror in this country.
Expression of dissent and criticism is a right we have as citizens.
ACTIVISM IS NOT TERRORISM
Stay vigilant. pic.twitter.com/E1Io6u3WAW
— isti 🌿 (@mintelliart) June 2, 2020
— brie #junkterrorbill (@penpendeseraph1) June 1, 2020
— tricia (@eggsprsso) June 2, 2020
urging others to look at the ~gOoD tHinGs beHINd aLL thE isSuEs~ and upholding toxic positivity as a whole also means turning a blind eye to the sufferings of many. Where’s the “good” in that?
— 🌻 (@tinav_art) June 2, 2020
— abbu #OustDuterte (@toastedasian) June 2, 2020
— ju ² (@juldanielle) June 2, 2020
This is not the first time artists in the Southeast Asian nation have produce inspiring messages through their works.
Previously, #OustDuterte was trending as the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to shoot poorer families during the coronavirus pandemic.
More recently, the community also supported the country’s largest TV network ABS-CBN through the hashtags #NoToABSCBNShutDown and #DefendPressFreedom.
But it remains to be seen what will happen next.