PH embassy ‘dissatisfied’ over Thai newspaper branding the country as ‘land of COVID-19’

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After the Philippines has been hailed as the “land of COVID-19″ by a Thai newspaper, the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok expressed “deep dissatisfaction” as he called on neighboring countries to treat each other as “brothers and sisters”

In a letter to Thai Rath editor-in-chief Saravut Vacharaphol, Consul General Val Simon Roque said “the characterization is inappropriate, insensitive, and unhelpful” during this time when all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are working together to solve the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Philippine embassy wishes to express its deep dissatisfaction over the characterization in the headline of the Philippines in relation to the return of the teachers,” he said.

“The characterization is inappropriate, insensitive, and unhelpful at a time when all of us, brothers and sisters in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), are closely cooperating to deal with the new and unforeseen challenges brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” Consul General Roque added.

On August 8, there were 165 Filipino teachers who arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport to make up for the country’s shortage of such professionals. This was reported by Thai Rath newspaper on Sunday.

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