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Duterte's anti-terror push amid economic woes draws backlash

Bill waiting to be signed calls for warrantless arrests, detentions and wiretaps

Human rights activists fear the Philippines' pending anti-terror law will be used to suppress free speech and harass those who challenge President Rodrigo Duterte.   © Reuters

MANILA -- A proposed law giving President Rodrigo Duterte sweeping powers to go after terrorists has provoked a backlash in the Philippines, with critics saying the move is meant to shut down dissent amid deepening economic woes.

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