Duterte thinks of China first before PH amid nCov threat

 As novel coronavirus (nCov) spreads, Duterte rejected calls of Filipinos to ban all Chinese from entering the country on February 3. The president said that doing so would be tantamount to racism as China is not the only country reported with the case.

“If the question is if I will bar Chinese from entering, the answer of course is no. That is an utter disrespect to a human being…. This mentioning the Chinese and blaming them is xenophobia,” Duterte said in a press conference on Monday.

This was even after a 44-year-old Chinese man, who is also the Philippines’ second confirmed case of 2019-nCoV, died on Saturday.

Many netizens shared narratives of random encounters with Chinese in elevators or malls making these tourists look helpless and isolated. Those narratives, however, seemed contrived. Others debunked that those stories aren’t true at all. Actually, those stories surfaced the internet after Duterte hits on xenophobia as protesters call for ban on China.

“You hate everything that is Chinese. It is not good because I’m saying we have so many Filipinos in China… [They have] been kind to us, we can only show the same favor to them. Stop this Sinophobia,” Duterte said in a press briefing after an emergency meeting that discussed developments regarding nCov.

It would seem, therefore, that despite the imminent threat to national safety in terms of health, Duterte seemed to care more for what China will feel than for the Philippines.

Author: theprismdaily

The Official Student Publication of University of Antique Main Campus

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