Duterte emergency powers is like Marcos' martial law - CPP-NPA

Duterte emergency powers is like Marcos' martial law - CPP-NPA

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has slammed the “railroading” of the bill that granted President Rodrigo Roa Duterte “authoritarian powers” all in the guise of an emergency power that is seen as an immediate response to the threat of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

Early Tuesday morning, Congress granted President Duterte special powers.

18 million low-income families will receive cash assistance amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 for two months, the measure said, adding that public and private health workers infected by the virus will get a compensation of P100,000.

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The CPP claims that the proposed bill (now signed as a law) is “similar to those of (then President Ferdinand) Marcos” when the latter declared martial law in 1972.

The extra powers will give him, his military and police cohorts “a much wider latitude for corruption, while leaving the people shortchanged of necessary public health service,” the communist rebels said.
“Duterte is unscrupulously and shamelessly using the rising public health emergency to further reinforce his tyranny. Instead of strengthening the public health infrastructure, and mobilizing health personnel, he has placed Luzon and other parts of the country under military lockdown and gave the military and police additional powers to impose restrictions against the people,” they added.

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