“DISCRIMINATION is not right. And Filipinos ought not to be discriminatory.”
This is what Senator Win Gatchalian stressed in the wake of increasing negative sentiments towards China and Chinese nationals amid the novel coronavirus scare.
Gatchalian, who has always believed that discrimination in the country is very low, reiterates that the Filipino people draw strength from being one of the most diverse in terms of race and nationality.
The lawmaker pointed out that this is the best time to unite and bury our differences and work towards a common goal -- put an end to this emerging plague.
Since the authorities announced the first case of nCov (now officially called COVID-19) in the country, many Chinese-looking individuals have been ostracized. Cab drivers, for instance, have refused to pick them up.
It’s no different in some schools. Adamson University earlier advised Chinese students to immediately postpone all transactions in the school until they have observed self-quarantine for 14 days. The university later on apologized for such decision.
Even the social networking sites have been bombarded with anti-China (and anti-Chinese) sentiments, with some saying “Chinese should all be banned in the Philippines”. Online photos were captured in other countries wherein some restaurants post signs at their doors not to allow Chinese from entering their establishments.
“Nakakalungkot isipin na sa gitna ng isang krisis ay ngayon pa tayo magkakawatak-watak. Ang kailangan natin ay magsama-sama para sugpuin ang tunay na kalaban,” said Gatchalian.
“Of paramount concern is the continuing spread of nCov which spares no one, whether the victim is Chinese, Filipino or any other nationality. Let us not allow ourselves to get sidetracked by the culture of hate,” Gatchalian stressed.
Gatchalian says it is not fair for some misinformed people to propagate their anti-China racist sentiments especially since there are a number of legit Chinese business owners here in the country.
Health officials themselves have earlier called for the public to put a stop to racism, adding it does not help in containing the virus.
“This mounting discrimination against the Chinese is counter-productive. Hence, like the coronavirus, the spread of hate must be contained,” Gatchalian ended.