The local artist behind Hulyen Comics, Julienne Dadivas, took to social media to call out a Facebook page that used and edited her art in a post that red-tagged activists.
Dadivas asked her followers to report the Facebook page "The Right Bulsuan" in a Facebook post on Tuesday, July 28.
"Walang paalam na ginamit at inedit pa yung art ko para mang-red tag," she wrote. (They didn't ask permission to use my art. They even used it to red-tag.)
The post by The Right Bulsuan on July 7 features Hulyen's drawing of a girl, holding up a placard with the statement "activism is a step to terrorism."
It's an edited version of Hulyen's original post which, ironically, advocated the opposite – that activism is not akin to terrorism.
The Facebook page's "About Me" section goes: "resist the resistance inside Bulacan State University."
The original Hulyen Comics artwork was posted on June 3.
The post by "The Right Bulsuan" hits two birds in one stone – plagiarism (stealing another's work and passing it off as one's own) and red-tagging.
Red-tagging, according to the Philippine Supreme Court, is "the act of labeling, branding, naming and accusing individuals and/or organizations of being left-leaning, subversives, communists or terrorists (used as) a strategy...by State agents, particularly law enforcement agencies and the military, against those perceived to be ‘threats’ or ‘enemies of the State.'"