[Movement Against Tyranny] UPDATED ADVISORY for SEPT 14: Forum on the Anti-Terrorism Act as a new form of Martial Law

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Sep 13, 2023, 6:34:23 AM9/13/23
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Movement Against Tyranny
Media Advisory

Petitioners against Anti-Terrorism Act gather in a forum denouncing the law as a new form of Martial Law

September 14, 2023 | Thursday
10am -12nn
St. Andrew Theological Seminary Chapel 275 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave

A few days before the 51st anniversary of Martial Law, the Movement Against Tyranny will sponsor a forum to highlight how the Anti-Terrorism Act has been used to demonize activists, attack human rights defenders, suppress free speech, and file trumped-up cases against leaders of people’s organizations.

Titled “Martial Law Noon, Anti-Terror Law Ngayon”, the forum will gather several petitioners who questioned the law in 2020, and some of the activists charged under the law. There were 37 petitions filed in the Supreme Court against the law. Over the past three years, scores of activists have been charged with violating the law and designated as terrorists. In Southern Tagalog alone, 18 activists are facing trumped up cases under the law.

The forum will tackle how the aggressive enforcement of the law could lead to the further violation of human rights and civil liberties reminiscent of the Martial Law era. Participants will also discuss the ways forward in challenging the law and making abusive officials accountable for their wanton disregard of due process and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.

Media coverage is requested.


Teddy Casiño
MAT convenor
Chairperson, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
0920 903 5683


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