Karapatan's reaction to Duterte’s signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 into law

Rodrigo Duterte didn't even wait for the bill to lapse into law anymore: he knows his time is running short and opposition to his fascist rule is growing stronger by the day that he now desperately needs the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to conduct his all-out crackdown on dissent.

This monstrous piece of legislation is, without any doubt, the final puzzle piece in Duterte's Marcosian delusions and its enactment into law has serious and far-reaching implications not only on our work as human rights defenders, but also on the public who stands to be terrorised by this law.

The fight is far from over. We will not let this fascist regime cower us into silence and fear. We cannot let them take away our hard-won rights and freedoms. Karapatan is more than ready to exhaust all means and platforms to challenge this draconian law. We now enter a dark night full of State terror, but we will not cease to resist.