Rappler's latest stories on anti-terrorism
'Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mababawasan ng pupuna. Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mas kakaunti ang mga magmumulat.'
How do visual artists feel about a law that could possibly stifle them from free expression?
Rappler lays out the highlights of the Anti-Terrorism Law and why its provisions could be dangerous
'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'
'Given the pattern of imputation by the executive and the nature of accusations, the exercise of our fundamental freedom of expression and freedom of association has to be protected'
'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'
(UPDATED) Befriending communist rebels was good politics before the elections, but now that he is President, Rodrigo Duterte says 'the security of the state' is his highest priority
Jurado anchors his petition on the railroad of the bill in Congress, and says the rush to passage violates constitutional standards
'What should the people do? Should they delete their old posts or make their accounts private?' That may not be enough.
'Tayo naman ang hinahamon ng panahon. Ipagtanggol natin ang siyang nagtatanggol ng atin.'
In 2018, the international nongovernmental organization Global Witness said the Philippines was the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist
'Terrorists, beware of the Anti-Terror Law, pero iyong mga hindi naman po mga terorista, huwag po kayong mag-alala. Sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo,' says Roque
'We, Framers, believe that we do not need another law against terrorism at this time when in fact we have sufficient laws that can thwart terrorists and acts of terrorism'
John Lloyd Cruz, Chel Diokno, Iza Calzado, and Rappler's Maria Ressa are among those who appear in the video
'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'
Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas
'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'
(5th UPDATE) By Rappler's count, there are at least 8 groups filing petitions to void provisions of the anti-terror law
The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law
Groups stress the possible ramifications of the Anti-Terrorism Law on mass mobilizations in light of the violent arrest of Cabuyao 11. Three minors from the protest have been released to their guardians, while 8 are still detained.
Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'
The police round up the protesters right after their program ended
In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law
Several awardees from 1970 to 2018 convey their 'collective disagreement and outrage' over the anti-terror law
'The law aims to end terrorism, it says, yet it is the state forces that perpetrate fear and violence on the people,' says former human rights commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales in an online protest joined by other sectoral leaders
In a conversation on Heart’s vlog, the former senator and Sorsogon governor explains his reservations on the new law
Law Professor Howie Calleja is joined by civic groups and La Sallian Brother Armin Luistro in filing the petition before the Supreme Court
'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan
Asked if a person can be tagged as a terrorist based on what they post on social media, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says it's 'possible'
'Kakalampagin natin ang Korte Suprema. Lalaban ulit tayo sa Kongreso,' says Katapat, echoing fellow youth groups in the country following the signing of the anti-terror law
Despite the threats that the new law poses to free speech, campus publications pledged they will not cower in fear but continue to stand firm in upholding their rights
'We will show them that in the face of repression, an awakened people will resist and fight back' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate
IV of Spades' Zild Benitez and Blaster Silonga, actress Gabbi Garcia, and director Antoinette Jadaone are among the first in the entertainment industry to speak up against the newly-signed anti-terror law
Many Filipinos on social media express their distress over the new law, which lawyers and human rights advocates fear the government can use to silence critics
Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy
Critics say the new law gives the Duterte government more room to define terrorism and more power to act against persons or groups it includes in that definition
'We believe that all Filipinos who must stand for democracy against this bill that edges us closer and closer towards tyranny – in any way, shape, or form that is possible in spite of the pandemic,' says the #JunkTerrorBill group
'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim
There are two sections in the 1987 Constitution that mention warrantless arrests
United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the passage of the bill 'heightens our concerns about the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism'
'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels
'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also appeals to the military to 'work together' with the government to ensure there will be 'zero abuses' should the anti-terror bill becomes law
'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana
'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'
'[The Anti-Terror Act] is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'
'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'
Some crimes in the bill are bailable, like inciting to terrorism, but under Section 34, a person charged with inciting to terrorism can be placed on house arrest
The retired justice says that once the anti-terror bill is enacted into law, he will be among the petitioners who will challenge the constitutionality of the measure before the Supreme Court