More celebrities call for junking of terror bill

“Only cowards are afraid of dissent.”


MANILA — Showbiz personalities took to social media their dismay over the draconian provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which seeks to amend the Human Security Act of 2007.

Former Ms. Universe Catriona Gray and Pia WurtzBach posted on their Instagram accounts and used the hashtag #JunkTerrorBill.


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There is so much happening in the world and in our nation right now, and I know alot of us want to just tune out because it all gets a bit overwhelming. But please, dont allow that to be the reason we revert into silence and turn a blind eye. We need to stay engaged because this is where our voices count. So let’s help each other by creating spaces that help us keep each other informed and help us understand what’s going on. I’ve taken the time to research and digest information and come to my own conclusions and I implore you all to do the same. I’ve created an IG story highlight with some resources. I’m not here to influence you to think a certain way, but I hope I can influence you to think for yourself. #JunkTerrorBill

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On Monday, June 1, 2020, Duterte certified the bill as urgent. In just two days, the House of Representatives approved the bill on its third and final reading.

Agot Isidro, a vocal celebrity-activist said, “Only cowards are afraid of dissent.”

Kobe Paras, basketball star and son of comedian Benjie Paras, reiterated that fighting for your rights is not a crime and urged influencers and other individuals to use their voice and stand up for what is right.

More and more celebrities, artists and influencers have used social media platforms to show support in the campaign for the scrapping the said bill. The call #JunkTerrorBillNow has become a trending topic on Twitter.

Here are more celebrities to stan!

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Finally read through the Anti-Terrorism bill. The premise is strong, I mean aren't we all against terrorism? However, like any lengthy legal document things start to get muddled through the beauty of words. By the end of it, I was asking myself: who can decide that someone is a suspected terrorist? More importantly, who gets to define that a certain action can be defined as terrorism or the threat to commit it? If we feel like we need to replace the Human Security Act, why can't more time be spent refining the vagaries found in the document and correcting some of it's confusing language? The fairness of the bill will depend on how it's interpreted and implemented and we all know that words can be bent to fit a narrative. Doesn't the country have more important and pressing issues to tackle? Public Transportation, Public Health, Food Security, etc. P.S: Before any of you get heated in the comment sections with the whole "you're not filipino" "go back to your country", i've heard it all before. Just because i hold two passports, doesn't mean i'm not a Filipino Citizen (seems relevant nowadays to mention this).

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Not a terrorist. #junkterrorbill

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#JunkTerrorBillNow #MassTestingNowPh #ActivismisNotTerrorism #SpeakFree

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