- Kapamilya comedienne Pokwang decried anti-Chinese sentiments amid nCoV spread
- She shared an open letter apologizing to Chinese tourists and citizens in the country
- The letter stressed that most Filipinos “do not have money even to afford to eat 3 meals a day
- The open letter was shared numerous times on social media and elicited mixed reactions from the netizens
Kapamilya actress and comedienne Pokwang condemned the anti-Chinese sentiments due to novel coronavirus scare. Two cases were confirmed in the country and one of them passed away on Saturday, February 1.
The virus, also called nCoV, originated in China is reportedly to be transmittable through coughing, sneezing and close contact with an infected person.
The comedienne shared a screenshot of an open letter apologizing to the Chinese people who are currently experiencing discrimination.
She wrote, “MAS PINAGPAPALA ANG NAGPAPAKUMBABA PEACE [EVERYONE] .
The letter read: “To all Chinese [tourists] or [citizens:] We apologize for the harsh words and the rejection we have made you feel.”
“The Philippines and [its] people are scared not because of you, but because we are a poor country that will suffer if ever it occurs in our land,” it added.
The letter stressed that most Filipinos “do not have money even to afford to eat [three] meals a day.”
“We pray for the healing of everyone in your country [especially] the children and for the benefit of everybody… #PrayforWuhanChina #PrayforChinese #PrayforPhilippines,” the letter ended.
Netizens shared their experiences about witnessing discrimination towards the Chinese people which earned mixed reactions. There were some who urged the Filipinos te be more compassionate. Still others expressed their dismay why the travel ban from some cities from China was delayed.
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