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


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.