MANILA — Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, and Liza Soberano are among the high-profile stars lending their voice to a campaign against the anti-terrorism bill being pushed by the Duterte administration.
The actresses — among the most visible and widely followed Filipino personalities on social media — each posted about the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
Its proposed sweeping powers, including warrantless arrests and wiretapping of suspected terrorists, have alarmed rights groups, who fear even legitimate dissent against the administration may be targeted.
"Please do not take away our voices, our basic human rights!" Soberano tweeted on Wednesday, linking to an information page about the measure and a petition against it.
Lustre, in an Instagram Stories update on Wednesday, shared a post depicting the bill being put in a trash bin.
Bernardo joined the growing chorus on Thursday, tweeting the hashtag, #JunkTerrorBillNow.
Several other celebrities have similarly backed the campaign since Wednesday. The likes of Pia Wurtzbach, James Reid, Janine Gutierrez, Maris Racal, and Enchong Dee have posted about the bill.
Notably, US pop superstar Taylor Swift included the campaign in an Instagram Stories update urging action on pressing issues around the world, alongside the Black Lives Matter movement.
Malacanang, in response to criticisms, said on Wednesday the Anti-Terror Bill won't suppress free speech. The Palace also defended President Rodrigo Duterte's move to certify the bill as urgent amid the coronavirus crisis, saying it had been pending in Congress for four years.