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Di kailangan ‘yan! Tom Villarin says Duterte can respond to COVID-19 without extra powers

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President Rodrigo Duterte did not need more power just to respond to the health crisis, Tom Villarin said.

The former Akbayan representative denounced the passage of the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” saying its provisions were redundant with what the President can deliver to help contain the coronavirus.

“Grant of emergency powers is superfluous because Pres Duterte has express and inherent powers as Chief Executive & Commander in Chief which he has been exercising without any impediment even before the passage of the Bayanihan Act,” the ex-politiko said.