“The yellows as usual claimed it was our subservience to China that led to the belated banning. Rubbish. It was science that led to the President’s decision. Without the WHO declaration, an earlier total ban on any contact with China would have been driven by hysteria or, worse, xenophobia. By banning flights from China after the WHO declaration, we only responded in the same manner as almost all countries in the world did,”
Hindi pinalampas ni former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ang ilang dilawan sa paggamit sa 2019 novel coronavirus (nCov) outbreak para banatan ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Ayon kay Roque, mas mabuti raw ang naging hakbang ni Pangulong Duterte na hintayin ang scientific basis bago nagdeklara ng temporary travel ban sa China.
“Yes, I’m sure our newfound friendship did count in PRRD’s decision. What is wrong with that? After all, as Filipinos, we know the true value of friendship. By waiting for scientific basis before joining the bandwagon to isolate China, we showed that only necessity will compel us to isolate a friend,” resbak ni Roque.
Buwelta pa ni Roque, mas mapanganib pa raw ang sakit na dinala ng Estados Unidos sa Pilipinas pero hindi daw nagpataw ng travel ban ang Pilipinas sa Amerika.
“And unless we forget, it was not just China that gave us an epidemic, such as the nCoV. The United States gave us far deadlier viruses, and we did not ban Americans from our territory. The point is any decision to seal borders with any foreign country must be based on science and not panic and hysteria,” dagdag pa ni Roque.