By Ellson A. Quismorio
House leaders have appealed to Filipinos not to discriminate against Chinese, particularly the doctors who want to lend their expertise and experience to the Philippine government in dealing with the dreaded COVID-19.
Sulu 2nd district Rep. Munir Arbison and Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers both frowned over the act of discrimination, especially at this point when nations need each other’s help.
“We shouldn’t discriminate. My personal view is, whatever help or assistance given to us will be OK,” said Arbison, a former Deputy Speaker.
“We should not refuse them, whoever they are who wants to help us,” added the vice chairman of the House Committee on Mindanao Affairs.
Barbers, who had earlier backed the proposed entry of Chinese doctors in country, said there’s simply no place for racial discrimination in society.
“No discrimination please. In this day and age, plus the global crisis we are all facing, there’s no room for discrimination of race,” he said.
Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, said allowing Chinese doctors here would give the Philippines the chance to apply best practices from the international scene as far as containing COVID-19 is concerned.
The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said that it was preparing hotel accommodations and local translators for the 12 Chinese doctors who will come to the Philippines and share their experience in Wuhan City.
Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China is where the SARS-CoV-2 or the virus that causes COVID-19 originated from. It first caught the world’s attention in late December after existing medicines couldn’t cure afflicted patients.
Since then, news coming from China has centered on how the pandemic has been successfully contained in Wuhan. In fact, Beijing has begun sending different forms of assistance to other countries grappling with COVID-19, including the Philippines.