- President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the Filipinos to stop blaming China for the 2019 novel coronavirus
- He mentioned that the Filipinos should return the favor because China has been kind to the Philippines
- Duterte added that the 2019 novel coronavirus is no one’s fault, not of the Filipinos and Chinese
- The President said that the citizens of the Philippines should stop the “xenophobia” and it is not good to hate Chinese
President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Filipinos to stop blaming China for the 2019 novel coronavirus that has been killing hundreds of people.
KAMI learned that the President urged the Filipinos to stop “xenophobia” or the prejudice against people from other countries.
In a report by Yahoo! News, President Duterte said that since China has been good to the Philippines, the favor must be returned to them.
"China has been kind to us, we can only also show the same favor to them. Stop this xenophobia thing. You hate anything that is Chinese. It is not good,” Duterte said.
"One is that we have many Filipinos in China. Second is even if there are none, you know, we are a community of nations. We cooperate. China has been kind to us. We can only also show the same favor to them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the President also mentioned that the 2019 novel coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China, is no one’s fault.
"Stop this xenophobia thing about… Kasi ang gusto mong masabi nila na ‘yung --- ito ngayon they are blaming the Chinese na galing sa China. It can always… How would you call this? Incubate in some other places," the President said.
"It happened in China on --- at least the first, ‘yun lang. But that is not the fault of anybody. Not of the Chinese, not of the Filipinos, not of anyone," Duterte added.
In a previous report by KAMI, some overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Wuhan preferred to stay there instead of spreading a possible coronavirus in the Philippines.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), there are about 80 people under investigation for suspected novel coronavirus. The health agency also confirmed two cases of novel coronavirus in the Philippines.
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