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Opponents dismayed as Philippines' Duterte approves 'monstrous' anti-terror bill

03 Jul 2020

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved tough anti-terrorism legislation on Friday that rights groups condemned as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.

Philippines extends lockdown in capital beyond 11 weeks

12 May 2020

MANILA The Philippines on Tuesday announced an extension of a lockdown of its capital, Manila, to 11 weeks, stretching one of the world's strictest and longest community quarantines to June to try to contain coronavirus outbreaks.

Philippines extends capital's coronavirus lockdown to May 15

24 Apr 2020

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended until May 15 a lockdown in the capital Manila, his spokesman said on Friday, stretching to eight weeks one of the world's strictest community quarantines to curb coronavirus infections.

'As long as necessary': Coronavirus holdout Palau opts for self-isolation

15 Apr 2020

The Pacific island nation of Palau is one of the world's last countries still free of the coronavirus, and it's doing all it can to stay that way.

South East Asians consider emergency powers as coronavirus spreads

23 Mar 2020

MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asian countries considered more emergency powers on Monday to tackle the threat of the coronavirus as the biggest daily jump in cases in Malaysia took the number of infections in the region above 4,000.

Philippine president seeks powers over firms, supplies, funds to avert crisis

23 Mar 2020

MANILA The Philippine Congress held a special session over the internet on Monday to debate a push by the country's strongman leader to adopt sweeping emergency powers, in a bid to avert chaos from a rapid spread of coronavirus.

SE Asians consider emergency powers, Singapore carrier grounds fleet

23 Mar 2020

MANILA, March 23 Southeast Asian countries considered more emergency powers on Monday to tackle the threat of the coronavirus as Singapore Airlines said it was grounding almost all of fleet in the face of the "greatest challenge" it has ever faced.

Confusion, concern as locked-down Philippines starts coronavirus quarantine

17 Mar 2020

MANILA Millions of people woke up confused, confined and frustrated in the Philippines on Tuesday, as a sweeping home quarantine order kicked in with just a few hours of warning, and Southeast Asia prepared tighter measures against a surge in coronavirus cases.

Duterte puts Philippines under quarantine, says 'we are in the fight of our lives'

16 Mar 2020

MANILA The Philippines announced strict home quarantine measures on Monday for half of its population, shut down transport networks and ordered businesses to close or operate remotely in a bid to quell rising coronavirus cases.

Philippine capital on lockdown to contain coronavirus

12 Mar 2020

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced strict immigration curbs and a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

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