#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:

  • Z. Montgomery
    signed via 2020-06-12 11:43:06 +0800
    Visual Artist
  • Anne Payumo
    signed 2020-06-12 11:40:13 +0800
  • Reynaldo Iniego
    signed 2020-06-12 11:33:06 +0800
  • Jan Eric Chavez
    signed 2020-06-12 11:27:57 +0800
    Visual artist
  • Cielo Van der torre
    signed 2020-06-12 11:26:59 +0800
  • jeni villaraza
    signed 2020-06-12 11:23:38 +0800
    visual arts
  • Ria Veridiano
    signed 2020-06-12 11:23:31 +0800
    Web and Graphic Designer
  • Ann Reynoso
    signed 2020-06-12 11:23:19 +0800
  • Carlos Siguion-Reyna
    signed 2020-06-12 10:50:43 +0800
    No to Terror Bill.
  • Denise Aquino
    signed 2020-06-12 10:17:19 +0800
    Digi Artist! 💛
  • Lorenzo Guab
    signed 2020-06-12 09:55:44 +0800
  • Lakan Uhay Alegre
    signed 2020-06-12 09:42:10 +0800
  • Raneil Ibay
    signed 2020-06-12 09:37:49 +0800
  • Dianne Laserna - Cosejo
    signed 2020-06-12 09:15:14 +0800
  • Edwin Consador
    signed 2020-06-12 09:12:33 +0800
  • manuel san mateo
    signed 2020-06-12 07:54:52 +0800
  • Gem Jewel Caling
    signed 2020-06-12 07:45:54 +0800
    Posters and Poetry
  • Maria Shamaine Buencamino
    signed 2020-06-12 07:17:25 +0800
  • Andre Gutierrez
    signed 2020-06-12 04:42:53 +0800
    Student. Writer. Artist.
  • Rafael Luna
    signed 2020-06-12 04:34:40 +0800

  • Anton Juan
    signed 2020-06-12 03:54:22 +0800
    Full Professor and Theatre / Film director, actor, playwright
  • althea bonagua
    signed via 2020-06-12 02:24:23 +0800
    visual artist
  • Mac Rollorata
    signed 2020-06-12 01:30:52 +0800
    Musician. Pochoy Labog brought me here
  • Mitzi Borromeo
    signed 2020-06-11 23:59:05 +0800
    Journalist, producer, director, writer. I support this petition because I am against moves to stifle democracy, artistic freedom, creativity, and ultimately, human rights.
  • Joyce Roque
    signed 2020-06-11 21:30:14 +0800
  • Maye Padilla
    signed 2020-06-11 21:28:55 +0800
    educator, baker, crafter
  • Mark Anthony Maldo
    signed via 2020-06-11 21:25:39 +0800
    Aspiring singer,,
  • Marco de leon
    signed 2020-06-11 20:13:09 +0800
  • alyce banzon
    signed via 2020-06-11 19:49:23 +0800
  • Chai Fonacier
    signed 2020-06-11 19:31:07 +0800
    Ang lahat ng artist ay manggagawa din, hindi lang dekorasyon sa lipunan na tatawagan para gumawa ng tarp o sumayaw at kumanta! Nagbabayad kami ng buwis, nagtatrabaho kami. Kasama kami sa lahat ng mga apektado ng mapaniil na batas na ito.

    Kontrahan ta ang pagpangabuso sa gobyerno sa ilang gahum. Angay lamang nga ato silang kwestyunon sa ilang mga motibo. They are public servants, they should have our interests in mind. #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW