#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:

  • Yani Zabala
    signed 2020-06-14 09:11:31 +0800
    Filmmaker/Visual artist
  • Jade Tamboon
    signed 2020-06-14 08:48:23 +0800
    BPO trainer, occasional writer and illustrator, mostly a social media person. No to terrorists pretending to be public servants.
  • Maru Magumpara
    signed 2020-06-14 07:36:26 +0800
  • Genalyn Nivera
    signed 2020-06-14 03:01:27 +0800
  • Brylle Taclindo
    signed 2020-06-14 01:57:25 +0800
    Video editor
  • Kristine Miranda
    signed 2020-06-13 23:57:17 +0800
  • Mae Emmily Rhodes
    signed 2020-06-13 22:56:04 +0800
  • Salve de la Paz
    signed 2020-06-13 22:54:08 +0800
    I am not an artist. I am a teacher and a citizen, and I believe that #DissentIsDuty and that we should #JunkTerrorBillNow.
  • Ana Karina Cosio
    signed 2020-06-13 22:34:03 +0800
  • Therese de Silva
    signed 2020-06-13 22:09:29 +0800
    Digital Creative. Talamak ang fake news at propaganda sa social media pero wala itong laban sa tunay na boses ng mamamayan na nasa lansangan.
  • Maria De Lemon
    signed 2020-06-13 21:56:27 +0800
  • Wap Mercader
    signed 2020-06-13 21:53:57 +0800
    Digital Product/UX & UI Designer and Illustrator
  • Sunshine Serrano
    signed 2020-06-13 21:48:08 +0800
  • Siege Ledesma
    signed 2020-06-13 21:40:53 +0800
  • Jeiel Aranal
    signed 2020-06-13 21:40:31 +0800
    Game Developer. Hindi dapat pinaglalaruan ang kalayaan natin na mag protesta sa kagaguhan ng gobyerno.
  • Ana Santos
    signed 2020-06-13 21:24:15 +0800
    Journalist. Writer.
  • Victor Velasco
    signed 2020-06-13 21:11:49 +0800
    Oust the terrorizing administration!
  • Mary Pauline Gothong
    signed 2020-06-13 21:02:25 +0800
  • Eunice Andrada
    signed 2020-06-13 21:01:31 +0800
    Poet. NO TO FASCISM.
  • Karen Dupale
    signed 2020-06-13 20:00:20 +0800
  • Ian James Domingo
    signed via 2020-06-13 19:48:54 +0800
    Spoken Word Artist. Writer.
  • Bel San Juan
    signed 2020-06-13 18:15:42 +0800
  • Noel Dejamco
    signed 2020-06-13 18:09:26 +0800
    Mechanical Engineer
  • Joy Watford
    signed 2020-06-13 15:13:51 +0800
    Writer/Visual artist
  • Bien panganiban
    signed 2020-06-13 14:18:53 +0800
  • Dianne Puzon
    signed 2020-06-13 13:46:28 +0800
  • Juston Aricheta
    signed 2020-06-13 12:56:52 +0800
    Performance Art
  • Jayneca Reyes
    signed 2020-06-13 12:38:35 +0800
  • Ezekiel Narvasa
    signed via 2020-06-13 11:05:45 +0800
    Spoken Word Artist
  • Rachel Wainwright
    signed 2020-06-13 10:47:32 +0800
    I am a yoga teacher. I believe in freedom of expression and equal rights! May everyone feel liberated!