Don’t Jeopardize Human Right to Free Speech in the Name of Counterterrorism

Target: Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines

Goal: Withdraw anti-terrorism bill that would eliminate basic legal protections and rights.

An anti-terrorism bill which grants the president of the Philippines powers to arrest citizens without a warrant and detain them for weeks without trial could soon become law. The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which has been described as “a human rights disaster in the making” by opponents, would allow Philippine authorities to accuse citizens of terrorist activity with no evidence, arrest them, and place them in jail for up to 24 days without legal counsel. It also poses a threat to free speech in that country by criminalizing “incitement to terrorism,” an act which has no legal definition under Philippine law and which could be used to silence or harass anyone who speaks out against Rodrigo Duterte’s autocratic government.

Duterte, who is well-known for his brutal tactics and advocacy for violence against those he deems his enemies, including Filipino Muslims, is preparing a terrifying weapon for himself with this bill. If passed, it would end basic rights as defined under every international legal code and leave Filipino citizens subject to terror and oppression. Sign the petition below to demand Duterte withdraw this heinous bill.


Dear Mr. President,

With the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, you have made plain your intentions to crush opposition to you by destroying the most fundamental rights guaranteed to your people. The world can see that this is an attempt to solidify your grip on power through a criminal attack on human rights and dignity.

I demand that you withdraw this criminal bill immediately. Failure to do so will only show the Philippines and the world that you have no regard for anything other than your own power.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ace Morandante

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  1. Mary F Harrington says:

    If the US is not careful, the democrats and the liberal media keep pushing their agenda will will be facing the same’

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