While online users continue to voice out their sentiments against the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, some protestors—including progressive youth groups and party lists—took the protests from virtual to reality.
Today, Jun. 3, members of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Anakpawis, Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA) and more went to the streets in protest against the infamous bill, chanting, “Activism is not terrorism.” The protestors expressed their dissent inside the campus of University of the Philippines Diliman, just as the bill is on the verge of its final reading.
“Kung ang gobyernong Duterte ay ginagawang ligal ang terorismo ng estado, tungkulin ng mamamayan na labanan at biguin ito,” says Ariel Casilao, former Anakpawis representative.
Ariel Casilao, former @AnakpawisPL
Representative: "Kung ang gobyernong Duterte ay ginagawang ligal ang terorismo ng estado, tungkulin ng mamamayan na labanan at biguin ito." #JunkTerrorBill#FightTyranny pic.twitter.com/KwYYy74btX
— CEGP (@CEGPhils) June 3, 2020
In the same city, Kabataan Partylist, Gabriela Women’s Party and more held a noise barrage right outside the House of Representatives, rallying for the same cause.
(1/4) LOOK: Progressive groups stage a protest and noise barrage outside the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 3 to demand the scrapping of the anti-terrorism bill which Congress approved in its 2nd reading on Tuesday. 📸 by Grig C. Montegrande/Philippine Daily Inquirer pic.twitter.com/nwboKxneLN
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) June 3, 2020
“Prioritize mass testing, #JunkTerrorBill,” reads one placard from a protestor. Several users have questioned the choice to fast-track the bill—which President Duterte labeled “urgent”—while COVID-19 cases have already surpassed 19,000 cases in the country. Vice President Leni Robredo has also called the timing into question. “Wala ni isa sa mga nabanggit kong pangangailangan ang matutugunan ng batas na ito.”
Physical protests are one way to have your voices heard by the government. But for those who aren’t able to head out, you can email lawmakers to let them know about your cause.
Photo courtesy of College Editors Guild of the Philippines