Philippine Congress approves anti-terror law more ‘urgent’ than coronavirus

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 allows for warrantless arrests, 14-day detentions without charge and the creation of an Anti-Terror Council. The government insists the measures are aimed at combating terrorism but activists fear the vague definition of “terrorist act” used in the act means it could be used to clamp down on political opponents.

President Duterte paying Filipinos to move from city to countryside as coronavirus hits jobs

A reason to reduce overcrowding in Manila, which in recent decades has swelled into one of the most heavily populated areas on Earth. President Duterte is offering cash and goods to induce city-dwellers to move out of the greater capital region in an ambitious programme called “Back to the Province”, one of the most aggressive attempts in decades to lure Filipinos to the countryside.