Coronavirus: Duterte to sign US$5 billion emergency bill to fund virus testing, subsidies for low-income families

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign a new law by Tuesday that would grant him emergency powers to combat the coronavirus crisis, the country’s senate president said, as the number of cases rose to 462 and deaths reached 33 on Monday.Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said: “I expect him to sign it tonight or tomorrow.”The law will free up 275 billion pesos (US$5.3 billion) of this year’s national budget, of which 200 billion pesos will be used to fund subsidies of…

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