Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. I haven’t been around the WordPress community for two days because I took the days off to study and be more educated about what’s happening in my country. The Philippine Congress apparently approved the Anti-Terrorism Bill for it’s third and final reading. It means that if the President signs it, it will become a law, and it no Filipino will be safe.
About The Anti-Terrorism Bill
The Anti-Terrorism Bill was passed by the Senate to prevent and stop terrorist attacks in the country by directly targeting individuals who are profiled to be most likely to join in considered terrorist groups or perform such acts. (Source: https://junkterrorbill.carrd.co/#about)
While preventing terrorist attacks is supposed to feel us safe and at peace, it becomes the other way around. This bill is very dangerous to every Filipino because if this bill will be passed, the state and its forces will have absolute power in defining what constitutes the definition or terrorism, who are considered to be terrorist and what to do with them. (Source: https://junkterrorbill.carrd.co/#about) With this being said, the state can just point out any individual who they suspect to be a terrorist and they will suffer 12 years to life imprisonment. In short, no one is safe because they can label anyone as a terrorist by order and in a legal manner.
Aside from this, it is also a direct attack to our basic human rights such as the freedom of speech, expression or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances. I have read the whole bill and in Sec. 16 of the bill, there will be a surveillance of suspects and interception and recording of communications. This is again another attack in our right to privacy. To further explain Sec. 16, it is stated that a law enforcement or military personnel may, upon a written order of the Court of Appeals, secretly wiretap, overhear and listen to, intercept, screen, read, surveil, record or collect, with the use of any mode, form, kind, or type of electronic, mechanical or other equipment or device or technology. This is just horrible!
Who are considered to be a terrorist?
ANYONE can be considered as a terrorist. Here’s an infographic made to explain it:
And I really hate that our government seem to believe that activism is terrorism which is certainly not the case.
I Am Asking For Help
Ever since quarantine started, I have seen the incompetence of our government about handling the pandemic. Our country needs mass testing and it has been SO LONG NOW that our government HAS NO CONCRETE PLANS ON FLATTENING THE CURVE. I really am so disappointed and infuriated because Filipinos deserve SO MUCH MORE. How come that in the middle of a pandemic, they choose to make this bill urgent? Let’s talk about priorities, we have a virus here!! And yet they are doing their best to silence the youth but because of this, WE ARE SPEAKING UP MORE.
And I am asking for your help. Please sign petitions, join us for the email protest, donate and learn more about the terror bill. Please check this Carrd made for #JunkTerrorBillNow: https://junkterrorbill.carrd.co/# (Everything is in here and you can also check out: https://parasapinas.carrd.co/) You can also spread the word.
Please help us! I am really glad that celebrities and influencers around my country use their platforms to educate and spread the petitions and more people should do the same! And hey, Taylor Swift joined the call too! [Read: https://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2020/06/03/2018442/taylor-swift-joins-callto-junk-anti-terror-bill-philippines]
Also, let’s not forget that there are other protests happening around the world. Check out this carrd: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ #BlackLivesMatter #JunkTerrorBill #StandWithHongKong #FreePalestine
Thank you so much for reading. Please, let us be more educated on what’s happening around us and speak up!