WATCH: Artists, activists, politicians denounce the Anti-Terrorism Law in “The Great Dictator” speech delivered online

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) – Local personalities in the entertainment industry, civil society, and politics performed the translated Filipino version of Charlie Chaplin’s final speech in the film The Great Dictator, to denounce the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Law.

Actor John Lloyd Cruz, wearing a moustache to look like Chaplin, opened the recital of the speech which was translated into Filipino by critically-acclaimed writer Rody Vera.

The five-minute video was directed and edited by Chuck Gutierrez.

The release of the video came when several groups filed the petitions today before the Supreme Court to challenge the legality of the controversial measure, signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte last Friday and will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

Among the prominent figures in the local entertainment and media industry who graced the video are actresses Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Glaiza de Castro, Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, and Agot Isidro; film directors Baby Ruth Villarama, Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, and Joel Lamangan, Mae Paner, Winnie Monsod, and embattled Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa.

Personalities from the civil society who appeared in the video include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, lawyer Ted Te, Sister Mary John Mananzan, Brother Edmundo Fernandez of De La Salle University, indigenous peoples representative Eufemia Cullamat, professor Randy David, labor leader Leody De Guzman, Neri Colmenares, and Carol Araullo.

Opposition figures like Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros, Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte, and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate read a few line of Chaplin’s speech in the video as well.