Agree or Disagree? : Sonny Dominguez wants Duterte’s emergency powers to last until 2022 – Roque

Agree or Disagree? : Sonny Dominguez wants Duterte’s emergency powers to last until 2022 – Roque




The political opposition made sure in the granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that it had a specific end.

Maybe fearing the death of their political ambitions in the future or any abuse that Duterte might do with the extra powers, there is still no discussion if the said emergency powers under the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act will be extended.




Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque in an exclusive interview with ANC’s Karen Davila claims that Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Sonny Dominguez wants President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to retain his emergency powers under the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act until the end of his term.

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque and Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Sonny Dominguez
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“The truth? Until 2022,” replied by Roque while laughing, when asked by Davila how long Malacañang wanted the emergency powers under the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act should be extended.


“Actually it was Secretary Dominguez who said that, and yes ‘no because the reason is, we don’t know when the vaccine will be developed. We don’t know when the cure will be developed ‘no. But I think—so that’s why he said it in jest, he was laughing ‘no, so I’m clarifying that I’m also laughing ‘no because of course extraordinary power is something that is reserved for extraordinary circumstances. I think it will be unreasonable really to expect until 2022,” he added.
The Anti-Covid 19 law is slated to end on June 24 and the Senate and House have proposed to extend it by another three months.



If Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua, will be asked how long it should be extended he proposed until the end of the year to give President Duterte flexibility to fight against COVID-19.

“I think the three-month period is ideal, although what Secretary Karl Chua suggested is not too far away from the three-month period because we’re already in June ‘no. So July, August, September is… 3-month is September and you have another 3 months ‘no until December,” he said.
“But the important thing is, if Congress gives us 3 months, 90 days, they will still be in session when the emergency power ceases because they are still in session in September and they can give the emergency powers anew to if they wish to and if Malacañang would request,” he added.





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