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Duque says PH to reconsider Taiwan travel ban

2/13/2020 5:39:00 PM

Health Sec. Duque on Thursday said the Philippine government's decision to include Taiwan in the travel ban is due to public health and safety concerns over the COVID19 disease.

Speaking to DZMM, Duque said Philippines' travel ban on Taiwan is not political."It's public health. Ang iinvoke ko diyan lagi, the Inter-Agency Task Force invokes public health and safety. No political considerations, whatsoever," he said.

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Duque also said members of the Inter-Agency Task Force will be meeting Friday to reconsider the travel ban."Inaantay natin. Hopefully, tomorrow wala pa rin silang local transmission, kasi 'yung local transmission, mabilis din eh," Duque said.

(We are waiting. Hopefully, they wouldn't have any cases of local transmission, because local transmission is fast.)"We are observing some geometric or exponential rise in number of cases and deaths. So medyo, talagang, we cannot let our guard down here, and so we have to, if there is any error on our part, I can assure you, it will be on the side of caution," Duque added.

Since the situation is fluid, Duque said the subject of the travel ban on Taiwan is "is subject to periodic reassessment."Duque's statement echoes that of Malacañang, which said the travel ban is purely a "health" issue.President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the inclusion of Taiwan in the travel ban due to confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease there, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said as he denied that the decision was because of the Philippines’ “One-China Policy.”

Philippine officials made the clarification following reports of proposals for Taipei to retaliate against the prohibition.Taiwan is an independently governed territory but the Philippines considers it part of China under the one-China policy.Taipei has urged Manila to lift the travel ban as it noted that some of its people were stranded at airports in the Philippines after the prohibition was announced earlier this week.

So far, the Philippines had 3 confirmed cases, including 1 death, of the new coronavirus strain from China. All cases involved Chinese nationals from Wuhan, where the pathogen was discovered. So far, 408 people have been checked for infection, of which, 238 were confined.

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Didnt know Duque is a lying doctor. Yung ibang mga bansa na mas mataas ang number of cases kaysa sa Taiwan bakit di niyo isama sa ban? Not political huh? Abs feb 10 -Like other countries, the Philippines follows the “One-China policy,” which considers Republic of China-controlled Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China. They should have known that taiwan does recognize china sovereignty

Public health? Then include singapore, thailand, vietnam , malaysia on the list An attempt to buy time. Parang mali diagnosis ni Dr Duque....Japan and Singapore ay mas mataas ang bilang ng cases.... ...accept na lang kc na political ung reason ng ban sa Taiwan. ...wala na ba talaga honest sa Duts admin...INTEGRITY please.

Ang Singapore mas maraming cases kaysa Taiwan pero walang travel ban.. the eff.. wala nang maniniwala sa mga doctor

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