Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) not to block entry of Chinese doctors. He said that he asked Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian to send Chinese doctors.
“I ASKED AMB. HUANG to send us Chinese doctors. Interpreters are no problem: Chinese General Hospital and the Metropolitan Hospital—where Yuchengcos had equity, my daughter was born there—will readily supply them. BUT DOH is blocking their arrival. DON’T PISS ME OFF. LET THEM IN,” Secretary Locsin said in a tweet March 28.
The Chinese government has donated 100,000 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N95 masks, and 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment to the Philippines.
“On March 15, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Lopez Locsin,” the Chinese embassy said. “Noting that the Philippines is China’s friendly neighbor across the sea, Wang said China is ready to do its utmost to help the Philippines, adding that China has decided to provide the Philippines with urgently-needed medical materials such as test kits and protective clothing, and will actively coordinate the dispatch of medical experts.”