Duterte: Malacañang Asks for Emergency Powers to take over public utilities, hospitals and businesses

Malacañang is asking Congress to declare a national emergency and grant President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers, including the power to take over public utilities, hospitals and businesses.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang isn't requesting crisis powers, yet for "powers important to convey our critical measures to actualize the national crisis." 

A comparative bill in the House of Representatives, which Ways and Means Committee seat Rep. Joey Salceda said he will co-creator, looks to permit Duterte to briefly dominate or coordinate the activity of any exclusive open utility or business influenced with open enthusiasm to be utilized in the administration's reaction to COVID-19. 

The proposition additionally needs to permit Duterte to realign financing in the 2020 spending plan and to designate money, assets and speculations of government enterprises or offices for the administration's COVID-19 response.

It additionally tries to enable Duterte to purchase fundamental merchandise and enterprises like clinical supplies, leased scenes to be utilized as isolate focuses, subject to limitations forced by the obtainment law. 

On this, the proposed law additionally tries to permit Duterte to control the activity of open and private transportation, traffic on all streets and avenues, and the nation's vitality supply. 
Under Salceda's proposition, Duterte's extra powers will be viable for two months or until the finish of the condition of cataclysm. Duterte set the Philippines under a condition of catastrophe for a half year on March 16. 

Congress is set to meet on Monday at 10 a.m. for an exceptional meeting to give Duterte the ability to rearrange state assets for the administration's COVID-19 reaction. 
Senator Sotto prior said assets to be realigned for the administration's reaction to the pandemic could be around ₱200 billion.

The Health Department has reported 380 cases of COVID-19 of the Philippines, with 25 of them turning fatal. Fifteen of those who have contracted the disease, caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, have recovered.
To contain the spread of the disease, Duterte has placed the entirety of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine, restricting people's movement.
Source: Cnn News

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