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Philippines Passes Anti-Terror Bill Ahead of Stimulus Plan

A member of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces watches from an armoured van while people shop at a market during a government imposed lockdown in Manila.

A member of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces watches from an armoured van while people shop at a market during a government imposed lockdown in Manila.

Photographer: Maria Tan/AFP via Getty Images

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Philippine lawmakers have approved a bill allowing warrantless detention and wiretapping of suspected terrorists, which the country’s human rights commission says could curb expressions of dissent and other freedoms.

The House of Representatives gave its final approval on the anti-terrorism bill, adopting the Senate’s version of the measure that’s been certified by President Rodrigo Duterte as urgent. Bills on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic await lawmakers’ approval, with sessions adjourning this week.