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Speaking Up: Help Us Junk The Terror Bill!

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!

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21 Comments

  1. I am with you Jirah! Been using my social media platform to spread awareness that goes to all my Filipino and non-Filipino friends! I

    1. Yes!!! Thank you, Marron! It’s really important to spread awareness about what’s happening around us, it is all for our own good! I really hope that many more people would open their eyes and speak up! ✊🏽

  2. Signed! I had no idea about this, so thank you for raising awareness!

    1. Thank you so much, Jennie!! You’re welcome and I really hope this reaches many more people!

      1. Of course. I can share your post on my instagram stories if you like?

        1. Thank you so much for helping! Sure thing!! I think you can just share the junkterrorbill.card because the information, updates and petitions to sign are all there! 😊😊

  3. Governments around the world, unfortunately are taking advantage of this situation to pass bills and other laws – seeing the attention of the people is diverted! It’s a rough time and the sooner we get some common sense prevailing the better!!

    1. I couldn’t agree more! They’re using the pandemic as an opportunity to attack its own citizen’s rights and they really need to stop. There’s still a virus going on and it’s just so sad that they’re focusing too much on many other things.

  4. This is so unfortunate and politicians for sure are going to use this bill to get back at their rivals. I hope it’s never actualized.

    1. Yes! I really hate the fact that there’s a pandemic going on and they made the bill urgent. 😤 Yes, we’re really hoping for it too and speaking as loud as we could!

  5. Too painful. I signed on the petition hoping it can contribute, but this just too painful. 💔

    1. Yes! 🥺 I really hope those who voted yes would change their minds and vote no instead. I hope they hear the people. 😭

  6. The fact that this bill was even proposed is painful. All around the world we’re seeing politicians playing their game to restrict any form of speech and expression. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Arshia! I don’t really understand what they’re up to anymore. They’re taking so much advantage of the pandemic which is just so wrong. 😞

  7. […] up against injustices. If you want to learn more, Human Rights Watch did an article about it, and Jirah has a post on her blog about it. You can also visit this carrd to find ways to help. I urge you to at least sign the petition that […]

  8. This is too much and it makes me mad! I am not aware of this so thank you so much for sharing this, Jirah! I am going to sign the petition and spread this to my friends and family. 💔

    1. Yes, Nath! 🙁 Thank you for sharing this!

  9. This issue quiets down a little bit but I hope this really gets junked. #JunkTerrorBill

    1. That’s so true and we’re really hoping that it gets junked!

  10. Omydays, thank you so much for this! I’ve been trying to look for other means of getting the word out on this particular issue. I’ve also been trying to understand what it is and what implications it can have to us, the filipino people. Do you think it’d be okay for me to link this blog of yours to a post I’m working on titled Independence and Freedom? It’s going to be up on my blog next week. Thank you again🙏✨

    1. You’re very much welcome! I’m happy it could help. Yes, for sure! You can add the link to your post. 🙂 I’d also appreciate it because more people need to know that this is happening and that it really is a threat to our human rights.

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