"Activism is not terrorism."
Filipino musicians have been using their platforms to voice out their thoughts and encourage fans to sign the petition to #JunkTerrorBill. The proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020, which has just been certified as urgent by President Duterte on Monday (06/01), heightens the measures of the current Human Security Act to support the Philippines' criminal justice response to terrorism, according to the Philippine News Agency.
Filipinos took to social media to express their thoughts on the bill, making #JunkTerrorBill a trending topic on Twitter Philippines, as they spread awareness worldwide.
The bill states that any person who shall threaten to commit terrorism shall receive a penalty of 12 years in prison. The same goes for anyone who proposes said acts and incites others, and any person who voluntarily and knowingly join any organization, association, or group that may be seen as terrorism. The vagueness of the bill may also restrict citizens from calling out corruption, silencing the voices of the people the government signed to protect.
Check out the tweets by musicians who want to put a stop to the Anti-Terror Bill below.
even tweeting any thoughts against the government can, and likely will, be considered an ‘act of terrorism’ under this bill. it’s an infringement upon our most basic human rights. #JunkTerrorBill— kakie (@kakiep83) May 30, 2020
Activism is not terrorism!#JunkTerrorBill— UNIQUE SALONGA (@uniquesalongaph) June 1, 2020
We will not be silenced. #JunkTerrorBill— CoeliMusic 🌻🌿🎻 (@coelimusic_) May 30, 2020
all around the world, there are those who deliberately exploit this pandemic to uphold the status quo of state violence. these sick assholes will use ANYTHING to quell any meaningful dissent. wag tayo magpauto. they're not doing this to protect us. lantaran na eh. #JunkTerrorBill— bp ✾꒡ .̮ ꒡✾ (@valenzuelabp) May 30, 2020
the world is bleeding. help out in whatever way you can. if you can't leave home, share those posts, make those online donations, educate yourself. open your mind and open your eyes to the injustice. it's 2020. no more excuses. this is not the time to be neutral.— Kiana 🌙 (@KianaVee) May 31, 2020
IV of Spades' Zild Benitez
Junk Terror Bill.— zild (@zildbenitez) June 2, 2020
Black Lives Matter.
Stand With Hong Kong.
Ben&Ben's Paolo Benjamin
ang aktibismo ay hindi terorismo.#JunkTerrorBillNow— Paolo Benjamin (@PaoloBenjamin_) June 2, 2020
#JunkTerrorBillNow— Ben&Ben (@BenAndBenMusic) June 7, 2020
Hello mga mahal. We need your help.
Bago matapos ang araw, i-Email nating lahat ang ating mga opisyal dito:https://t.co/HygK9i9E5r
Katukin natin ang mga puso nila hanggang marinig nila tayo. Please read this message from us (Ben&Ben) to all of you: pic.twitter.com/a89quqWya8
"Dissent is duty, not crime."— Ysanygo (@Ysanygo) June 4, 2020
Let us continue to research, sign petitions, and share important information on the issues that we face today. Our voices matter. #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW
#JUNKTERRORBILLNOW ‼️— Jess Connelly (@jessconnelly) June 2, 2020
please read, sign & share ❤️❤️❤️https://t.co/X69nVjdhnx
The Itchyworms' Chino Singson
Sent this to my congressman. Do something similar for your rep. Make noise. #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW pic.twitter.com/cmxkxkb5MR— #ActivismIsNotTerrorism (@chinosingson) June 3, 2020
#JUNKTERRORBILLNOW #OUSTDUTERTENOW #TulongHindiKulong pic.twitter.com/w7m0rOUxWj— Imelda #OUSTDUTERTENOW (@officialimelda) June 4, 2020
Do not let the toxicity and outdated close mindedness of the older people who may surround you (esp in traditional fams) stop you from taking a stand and being in the right side of history. Our democracy and future as the next generation is what matters now! #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW— Reneé Dominique (@heyimrenee) June 4, 2020
Leanne & Naara
Find out more about the bill, donate, and sign the petition here: https://t.co/Wq4xZA9aW1#JUNKTERRORBILLNOW pic.twitter.com/a7EldoiZXV— Leanne & Naara (@LeanneAndNaara) June 4, 2020
She's Only Sixteen's Roberto Seña
Whether you're at home or out in the streets, #JunkTerrorBillNow pic.twitter.com/6ckl6qLWSL— Roberto Jericho A. Seña (@Sentastic) June 4, 2020
“urgent”— Bea Lorenzo (@bealorenzomusic) June 4, 2020
will be above
our right to
free expression#JunkTerrorBill #JunkTerrorBilllNow pic.twitter.com/IC8zpkPyrf
https://t.co/0AgU0MLCnz pic.twitter.com/yXwswpGD0U— Reese 🌳 リース (@reeseypeasy) June 6, 2020
The Ransom Collective, Shanne Dandan, Devices, Grrl Cloud, and Oh, Flamingo! have also called on their fans to sign the petition.
#JunkTerrorBillhttps://t.co/N96zRNU1Cm— TheRansomCollective (@TheRansomCMusic) June 1, 2020
#JunkTerrorBill https://t.co/gV43j4sggP— shanne (@dandanshanne) May 31, 2020
Pls sign &/or donate!#JUNKTERRORBILL #JUNKTERRORBILLNOWhttps://t.co/4TQftIQIzw— Oh, Flamingo! (@OhFlamingoMusic) June 1, 2020