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Style bulok! Tom Villarin says Duterte using COVID to wield power

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The coronavirus pandemic has benefited President Rodrigo Duterte in more ways than one.

For former Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, the COVID-19 crisis further strengthened and consolidated Duterte’s control of the Philippines, to the detriment of democracy.

“COVID as shield for anti-democratic policies & ploys to evade accountability, a common playbook used by autocratic leaders,” the politiko said, seeing the experience across dictators of the world.