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Kobe Paras Slams Anti-Terror Bill, Gets Support From Other Student-Athletes

Ricci Rivero, Thirdy Ravena, CJ Cansino, and Jack Animam have joined the calls to speak up against the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons star Kobe Paras really knows how to play a team. For the basketball player, “no man should be left behind,” that’s why he vowed to help raise funds for his fellow UP students who were arrested by Cebu City police after peacefully protesting against the Anti-Terrorism Bill near the UP Cebu campus on Friday, June 5.

At least 7 activists and one bystander were arrested at the protest site for violating the general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines on mass gatherings. These 8 individuals, now dubbed as the “Cebu 8,” are the following:

1. Johanna Veloso, 22, associate vice president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines
2. Bern Cañedo, 21, vice president of the UP Cebu Student Council 
3. Dyan Cumabao, member of the Kabataan Partylist Cebu and correspondent for Altermidya
4. Nar Porlas, member of Anakbayan UP Cebu
5. Jaime Paglinawan, 60, member of Bayan Central Visayas
6. Janry Ubal, 29, member of Food Not Bombs Cebu
7. Al Ingking, 26, UP Alumnus
8. Clement Corominas, 19, bystander

ARRESTED. Police drag two activists who joined an anti-terrorism bill protest in front of the gfate of University of the Philippines Cebu campus on June 5, 2020. Police say they violated the rule on mass gathering as Cebu City is under general community quarantine. (Photo by Gelo Litonjua / Rappler)

Help For Isko and Iska

Upon hearing of the incident and state of his fellow Isko and Iskas under the hands of the authorities, Paras expressed his support for the student activists for “standing up for what is right.” (Read: Anti-Terror Bill: Beauty Queens Urge Filipinos to Speak up, Be Informed)

“To all my Isko and Iskas in Cebu and everywhere else, stay strong, stay safe, and stand 10 toes down. We will raise money to bail those affected!” Paras, who also slammed the Anti-Terrorism Bill, wrote on Twitter.


Athletes Speak Up

Following Paras’ statement on the Anti-Terrorism Bill, more student-athletes started to speak up and show support for the basketball player. Among them are his fellow UP Maroons player Ricci Rivero, who also pitched in for the bail fund. (Read: Ricci Rivero, other Pinoy athletes join the fight against COVID-19)

From left to right: UP Maroons’ Ricci Rivero, Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Thirdy Ravena, UST Growling Tigers’ CJ Cansino, and NU Bulldogs’ Jack Animam speak up against the Anti-Terrorism Bill. (Photos from ABS-CBN Sports,, Arvin Lim / ABS-CBN Sports, and FIBA3x3 Twitter)

Former Ateneo gunner Thirdy Ravena, CJ Cansino from the University of Santo Tomas, and Jack Animam of National University Lady Bulldogs also joined calls to free the “Cebu 8” and shared their sentiments against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which was passed on its third reading last Wednesday, June 3.  The new proposed bill is now under fire for its vague statements that target activists and silence dissent.

Release of Cebu 8

On June 8, Monday night, the “Cebu 8” has been released from police detention following an order from Judge Jenelyn Villaceran Forrosuelo of the Cebu City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC). King Perez, the group’s spokesperson, has expressed his gratitude for everyone who supported their cause. He also confirmed that they are now working on filing necessary charges against the police who arrested the activists.


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