Lacson Says Taiwan Travel Ban May Be Due To “Powerful” China Lobby
TAIWAN TRAVEL BAN – Senator Panfilo Lacson said travel ban on Taiwan may be influenced by “very powerful” China lobby.
Following a previous article, the Philippines had imposed a travel ban in Taiwan amid the outbreak of the Wuhan virus. The outbreak had caused the death of more than 900 people and more than 40,000 infected people worldwide.
On Monday, February 10, the Department of Health (DOH) said they had banned travel from Taiwan after the World Health Organization (WHO) considered the country as part of China. Macau and Hong Kong are included in the ban as well.
Previously, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte banned travel from Hong Kong, Macau, and China and the passengers who visited those areas in the last 14 days. The government also issued a temporary stop to Pinoys who want to visit the said countries.
Based on a report from GMA News, the decision of the government elicited a reaction from Senator Panfilo Lacson. He said the travel ban to Taiwan “may not necessarily be correct” amid the COVID-19 threat.
“Just like the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, the Philippine government’s travel ban to Taiwan is a policy decision implemented by the executive department which may not necessarily be correct, health-wise and politically,” he said.
According to the report, Ping Lacson said the travel ban could potentially affect the Pinoy workers. The senator said politically, “it seems that the China lobby has become a very powerful force under this administration.”
Lacson clarified that he does not question the president’s move to solve the problems. He just hopes that the Davaoeño chief executive’s legacy is worth remembering.
“We elected a President who does not appear to give much importance to counsels and consultations with sectors that could very well help him arrive at well-informed decisions…”
“Having said that, I continue to support his leadership but I will not stop calling him out on major decisions which I don’t think serve the best interest of our country and people,” he added.
Based on the report, Malacañang Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo has denied that Taiwan was included on the travel ban because of the “One China” policy. Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asked the government to lift the travel ban.
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