#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 |
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Will you join us? Sign the petition here:

  • Portia Ladrido
    signed 2020-06-10 16:41:28 +0800
    government employee
  • Lorenz Aljon Francisco
    signed 2020-06-10 16:37:46 +0800
  • Harvey Tolentino
    signed 2020-06-10 16:33:48 +0800

    One with countless artists who still fight back to safeguard our Nation’s rights not for ourselves, but for every Filipinos.
  • Katarina Estrada
    signed 2020-06-10 16:14:10 +0800
    Visual artist
  • Aleli Mesina
    signed 2020-06-10 15:58:22 +0800
  • Karl De Mesa
    signed 2020-06-10 15:55:34 +0800
    Journalist and podcaster. Fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy.
  • Christine Forcadilla
    signed 2020-06-10 15:46:58 +0800
  • Catherine Estampador
    signed 2020-06-10 15:31:02 +0800
    Aspiring poet
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    signed 2020-06-10 15:28:57 +0800
  • Tommy Tuazon
    signed 2020-06-10 15:22:48 +0800
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    signed via 2020-06-10 15:18:02 +0800
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    signed 2020-06-10 15:14:02 +0800
  • Menchie Khairuddin
    signed 2020-06-10 15:06:47 +0800
  • Cherry Mae Salazar
    signed 2020-06-10 15:04:41 +0800
    Journalist and documentary producer
  • Neala Medina
    signed 2020-06-10 14:39:13 +0800
  • Angelica Luzon
    signed 2020-06-10 14:38:27 +0800
  • Marcelino Cruz
    signed 2020-06-10 14:36:45 +0800
    theatre actor | writer
  • Xena Lasam
    signed 2020-06-10 14:28:30 +0800
    Performing Arts artist
  • Evan Aranas
    signed 2020-06-10 14:26:11 +0800
    Freelance video editor | camera operator
  • Precious Marie Gunayon
    signed 2020-06-10 14:23:00 +0800
  • Maxx Galang
    signed 2020-06-10 14:16:03 +0800
    Production Manager
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    signed via 2020-06-10 14:14:02 +0800
    real estate broker / musician
  • Sherma Benosa
    signed via 2020-06-10 14:08:38 +0800
  • Anne Ronquillo
    signed 2020-06-10 14:07:38 +0800
    Filmmaker/songwriter/feature writer
  • Keith Deligero
    signed 2020-06-10 14:04:24 +0800
    BINISAYA filmmaker
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  • Jayel Leyble
    signed 2020-06-10 13:55:34 +0800
  • Bianca Mauricio
    signed 2020-06-10 13:54:47 +0800
    Theatre Actress, Performing Artist
  • Nicole Lorenzo
    signed 2020-06-10 13:54:27 +0800
    Theater and Events Collaborator