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Duterte granted $5bn and power over companies to fight coronavirus

Lawmakers give Philippine president extraordinary authority to aid economy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has come under fire for his slow response to the deadly pandemic.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine lawmakers granted President Rodrigo Duterte a raft of extraordinary powers on Monday to mitigate the economic fallout from the new coronavirus.

Duterte will be able to access 275 billion pesos ($5.36 billion) from various government agencies. He can also intervene in private business operations and circumvent procurement rules, among other measures, to fight COVID-19.

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