#ArtistsFightBack - A Campaign by Artists, Creatives, and Cultural Workers in Response to the Anti-Terrorism Bill


We, the free artists and cultural workers of the nation, strongly condemn the swift and reckless passing of HB 6875 or The Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB), as well as the manner in which it was voted on.

Coming from various disciplines—actors, writers, directors, producers, musicians, designers, visual and performing artists, cultural workers, etc.—and cultural organizations, we are one in our call to #JunkTerrorBillNow.

It is true that the Filipino people need and deserve protection from possible acts of terrorism. But it is paramount for legislators, whose mandate is to serve the interest of the public, to ensure that the basic human rights of those they are sworn to serve are never compromised.

We, the signatories of this statement, have done our duty as citizens by studying the bill and discussing it amongst our peers and lawyers alike. It is clear: the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is filled with provisions that make it problematic and prone to abuse.

A standout example for us in the creative sector is its Section 9: (Inciting to Commit Terrorism), where it is stated that any person who, despite the lack of a direct part in it, incites others to commit or participate in acts that the bill considers as terrorist may be jailed for up to 12 years.

As artists, we are vulnerable to the subjectivity and the impreciseness of this section. Our job, quite literally, is to incite. To trigger emotion and to question. To move. To mobilize. Our responsibility is to serve the truth, whether or not it is aligned or in accordance with the government’s stance. This is a clear impingement on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, not just of artists, but of any Filipino who should be allowed to express dissent.

As artists, we commit to lending our individual platforms to ensuring that our countrymen’s civil liberties aren’t encroached upon by the ATB. As citizens, we commit to vigilance and the duty of dissent.

We encourage our fellow Filipinos to honor their voices by not keeping quiet in the advent of oppression: reach out to our lawmakers and tell them why we are against this dangerous bill.

We remind our legislators: the public gave you your seats. We demand that they be used in their service.

Lastly, we appeal to President Duterte to carefully review the contents of the bill before signing it into law.

We are this nation’s storytellers. We are watching, and we will act.


Active Vista | Altermidya | Ang Sabi Nila | Arkeo Films | Atsara Collective | Bahaghari | Buklod Sining Alumni Society | Buklod Sining Student Organization | Cavite Young Writers Association | Cinema is Incomplete | CollaboratoryPH | Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) | Daang Dokyu | DAKILA - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism | Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) | Dokyupeeps | Filipino Students' Association - Auckland | Free the Artist Movement (FAM) | Fringe Manila | Inter-Guild Alliance | Kalimbahin | KM64 | Komunidad X | Lapis Art Community | Let's Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) Arts and Media Alliance | Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) | Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino | Mga Apo ni Lola Basyang | National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) | North Luzon Cinema Guild | Para sa Sining | Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) | Pineapple Lab | Regional Art Forum | RESBAK | Sipat Lawin | Storytellers International Inc. | Surian ng Sining, Inc. (SUSI) | Tadhana Collective | Tag-ani Performing Arts Society |Talastasan TV | Teatrong Bayan | This Side Up Manila | TulaSalitaanPH | True Colors Coalition | University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) | UPSTAGE | #WeTheFuturePH | White Wall Poetry | Words Anonymous | Xplicit | 2TinCans Philippines |
1,700 signatures

Will you join us? Sign the petition here:

  • Caitlin Medenilla
    signed 2020-06-10 13:48:38 +0800
    Copywriters all over the world are used to writing for the big guys. But now it’s time to fight back. Let’s use our skills in selling by convincing people to junk Anti-Terrorism Bill.
  • Kriz Louraine Samillano
    signed 2020-06-10 13:45:50 +0800
    Student Leader,Writer

    — to write and to bleed, to bleed while writing, for justice.
  • P de Sal
    signed 2020-06-10 13:26:47 +0800
  • Rosel Aubrey Remigio
    signed 2020-06-10 13:21:46 +0800
  • Nori Isturis
    signed 2020-06-10 13:19:24 +0800
  • Filbert Gumban
    signed 2020-06-10 13:16:35 +0800
    Student Leader, Musician
  • Mark Benedict Lim
    signed 2020-06-10 13:15:33 +0800
  • Torza
    signed 2020-06-10 13:14:17 +0800
    Writer. Illustrator. Art’s objective is to hold a mirror up to society. When they attempt to silence us, what are they afraid to see in their reflection?
  • Moony Mauve
    signed 2020-06-10 13:13:14 +0800
    Art is a movement.
  • Christine Emano
    signed 2020-06-10 13:12:11 +0800
    Producer, Writer
  • Gang Badoy Capati
    signed 2020-06-10 13:06:30 +0800
  • Jaymar Castro
    signed via 2020-06-10 13:03:10 +0800
  • Mark Asis
    signed 2020-06-10 12:45:08 +0800
    The welfare of the people should be the supreme law.

    Student Leader

  • Jose Eleazar Espayos
    signed 2020-06-10 12:28:13 +0800
    Student Leader
  • Leona Abrera
    signed via 2020-06-10 12:26:06 +0800
    Student Actress
  • Bren Carl Talita
    signed 2020-06-10 12:20:51 +0800
    Visual Artist
  • USLS Political Society Jereza
    signed 2020-06-10 12:13:18 +0800
    Student Leader
  • Noli Austria
    signed 2020-06-10 12:09:31 +0800
  • Catherine Bagtas
    signed 2020-06-10 12:06:18 +0800
    Freelance writer/nurse/photographer
  • Patrick Abella
    signed via 2020-06-10 12:04:17 +0800
  • Sinag De Leon
    signed 2020-06-10 12:03:13 +0800
    Visual artist
  • Romano Jorge
    signed 2020-06-10 11:53:05 +0800
  • Arah Jell Badayos
    signed via 2020-06-10 11:50:37 +0800
    television and film writer
  • Joharrah Eunice Mae Rafanan
    signed 2020-06-10 11:47:29 +0800
  • Homer Novicio
    signed 2020-06-10 11:25:25 +0800
  • Betina Dela Cruz
    signed 2020-06-10 11:25:09 +0800
    Graphic designer
  • Bidj Glecia
    signed 2020-06-10 11:18:14 +0800
    I’m a writer, and we proclaim #JunkTerrorBillNow
  • Carlos Siguion-Reyna
    signed 2020-06-10 11:05:09 +0800
    Film, theater, television
  • Dan Banate
    signed 2020-06-10 11:03:04 +0800
    Filmmaker | Visual Artist
  • Trisha Maranan
    signed 2020-06-10 10:55:25 +0800