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President Duterte rejected appeal of Taiwan, temporary travel ban stays

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte rejected on Taiwan's appeal on Thursday (Feb 13) to lift a ban on its citizens visiting the country.

Duterte says his primary concern was the safety of Filipinos, report from Reuters.

Taiwan now preparing countermeasures if the Philippines did not lift the ban it imposed this week to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Duterte said the travel restriction stays "until the danger persists". "My primary concern is the health and safety of our countrymen", he said.

The Philippines' decision to include Taiwan as part of a ban on people from China visiting the country had "nothing to do with" the One China policy, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, quoting Duterte.

"We will continue to communicate with the Philippines and explain that this is a one-sided and wrong decision by the Philippines' health ministry, which has already affected the relationship between the two countries of Taiwan and the Philippines," Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou.

Source: Yahoo

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