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Unbridled executive powers, anti-fake news provision in emergency powers is Duterte's ticket for Marcosian repression

President Rodrigo Duterte has now signed into law a measure granting himself emergency powers to supposedly address the public health crisis brought about by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which allows unbridled and general rule-making authority of the president and without parameters or restrictions including the power to arbitrarily define and penalize "fake news" with up to two months in jail and 1 million pesos of fines.

Karapatan: Duterte’s bid for emergency powers is a bid for potential abuse of power

With the worsening crisis brought by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the government needs to pour in all of its resources to formulate the urgent and necessary public health and economic measures to mitigate the alarming transmission of the disease.

Karapatan calls for release of political prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

Amid the lethal impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, human rights group Karapatan called for the release of political prisoners, especially the elderly,  sick with chronic, debilitating or terminal medical conditions, pregnant, those who are due for parole or pardon, at least one spouse each of political prisoner couples and accidental victims of political arrests.

Disinformation, vague quarantine directives from nat'l gov't = rights violations on the ground

Human rights group Karapatan raised alarm over statements made by Martin Diño, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) undersecretary for barangay affairs, that individuals can be arrested without warrant during the Luzon-wide “enhanced community quarantine” against the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic supposedly because human rights disappear and the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is suspended when a state of emergency is declared.

Gov't authorities urged to respect rights in the midst of "enhanced community quarantine"

Human rights alliance Karapatan called on the Duterte government to uphold and respect people’s rights amid the imposition of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine against the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Karapatan said that stringent measures currently being imposed make poor communities of workers, the homeless, the urban and rural poor vulnerable to arrests and detention as well as other rights abuses and violations.


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