#JunkTerrorBill and #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW have become most talked about topics on social media since the House Committee on Public Order and Safety and the House Committee on National Defense and Security approved on May 29 the Anti-Terrorism Bill, a copy of the approved version in the Senate to fast-track the passage of the bill into law, and since President Rodrigo Duterte certified the bill as urgent on June 1.
All amendments proposed to the bill in the House plenary were rejected as it was passed on second reading on June 2. This was to keep a faithful copy of the Senate version to avoid lengthy and tedious bicameral proceedings. The Duterte administration is looking to pass the measure this week before Congress adjourns. And it did, with the House voting to approve the measure on third and final reading, with 173 yes votes, 31 no and 29 abstain.
Filipinos expressed their dissent to the anti-terrorism bill in many creative ways online, as many are still staying at home with the under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ regimes that various areas in the country was placed. Metro Manila shifted to GCQ on June 1 after the longest lockdown in the world in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Risa 🦋🌹 (@risarodil) June 3, 2020
— Martin's Purrspective (@bulatlatcat) June 2, 2020
— Agham Youth UP Diliman (@AghamYouth_UPD) June 2, 2020
— Kerwin King (@imkerwinking) June 2, 2020
— 𝐤𝐚 • 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬𝐲 • 𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞 (@kaartsyanne) June 2, 2020
Actors. Artists. Celebrities. Influencers.
— Juan Miguel Severo 🏳️🌈 (@TheRainBro) June 3, 2020
— #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW (@sandarateas) June 3, 2020
— rold, pasundo | COMMISSION: OPEN (@chiconakaya) June 3, 2020
imagine tweeting and getting arrested afterwards.
imagine fighting for your rights and getting labelled as a "terrorist".
— 𝐆𝐰𝐲𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐡⁷ 🍒 (@Magnethic_flux) June 3, 2020
The Anti-Terror Bill deliberately widens its definition of terrorists and terrorism which allows gov't to target all of us who are critical of its governance, corruption, incompetence, and violence. This bill targets ALL OF US. #JunkTerrorBill #CriticismIsNotTerrorism pic.twitter.com/BOAVG4ROrR
— katrinastuartsantiago (@radikalchick) June 3, 2020
We have every right to express our dissent towards the incompetence and negligence of the government. DO NOT LET THEM SILENCE US
— jen #JunkTerrorBill (@janellasanchezz) June 3, 2020
O r a n g e I s T h e N e w B l e h
Activism is NOT Terrorism. It is our right as citizens to dissent when the system is unjust. We will not be silenced. #JunkTerrorBill #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW pic.twitter.com/Cf2Xi75YsU
— Tarantadong Kalbo (@KevinKalbo) June 3, 2020
There is no room for oppressive polices nor fascist attacks especially during a time wherein the medical needs of Filipinos are of utmost importance. We call on our fellow youth to continue to demand and fight for people’s rights! pic.twitter.com/JTCmtZR02L
— CADUA UP Baguio (@CADUAUPB) June 3, 2020
— Anonymously, (@ultraquaerere) June 3, 2020
Why Duterte’s Terror Bill is Dangerous — For All Of Us
The proposed amendments to the Human Security act of 2007, when approved, pose a grave threat to our civil liberties. Find out how Duterte’s Terror Bill is actually dangerous for all of us:#JunkTerrorBill #OustDuterte pic.twitter.com/lHRocgo4fy
— Youth Movement Against Tyranny – UP Manila (@YMATUPM) June 2, 2020
— Vince Africa (@Vincentafrica) June 3, 2020