MANILA — A book, entitled No vaccine for a virus called Bigotry is coming out soon published by the Philippine BRICS Strategic Studies for the academe and the Philippine media.
The work is actually both a survey and a contextual analysis of the ongoing information war being staged by the West against China on the onslaught of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The book deals on facts leading to the genesis of the virus, the contrasting response of liberal democracies as against authoritarian regimes and prognoses on what the world would be after the virus leaves the scene.
While on self-quarantine, Adolfo Quizon Paglinawan, author of the 2015 bestseller A Problem for Every Solution on the South China Seas controversy and on the historical affinity between China and the Philippines, got piqued at the politicization of the virus, to the near total disregard of the lives of peoples around the world.
The author said “The hypocrisy of the United States leadership is so appalling, that despite the declaration by the World Health Organization of a corona virus pandemic and officially calling it Covid-19, the urgency of preparing its citizens against the spread of the disease became secondary to the reelection ambitions of President Trump.
“At the end of the day, what matters is to avoid the carnage of the 1918 “Spanish flu” decimating about a third of the world’s population. That H1N1 virus that originated from Kansas decimated about half of the world’s population then, reappeared as H1N1(pdm09) in the US in 2009 and claimed another half-a-million lives after infecting 1.6 billion people worldwide.
“Today’s Covid-19 could very well be another H1N1 mutation as it is known in scientific circles that it is only the United States that has all five of the coronavirus strains. According to CDC preliminary burden estimates, the flu epidemic that hit this country last year claimed anywhere between 24,000 to 62,000 deaths from October 1, 2019 to March 21, 2020.”
What Paglinawan is inferring is that it is not China that must make an honest accounting but the United States.
He said that he is an interested party because most of his family are in North America, and while he did not fear for his own survival here in the Philippines because according to him President Duterte has been doing all the correct things to battle an unseen but most virulent enemy, he fears for the safety of his wife, children, grandchildren and relatives in the United States.
“I have a mother-in-law in Virginia, who is more than 100 years old,” he quipped.
Paglinawan said, no less than the US State Department has launched a blistering “infodemic” and its Western allies is now preparing to escalate this to lawfare after the pandemic blows over.
He mentioned a recent release by Canadian human rights advocates saying that “the community of democracies must undertake the necessary legal initiatives — be they international tort actions as authorized by treaty law, or the utilization of international bodies, like the International Court of Justice.”
The Philippine government has sustained collateral damage in this information warfare. “I have received reliable information from my friends in media about former Philippine Navy officers forming troll groups in the US and Australia among their peers in the two countries.
“We have been monitoring a collusion between traditional yellow opposition leaders and communist terrorist groups who are trying to exacerbate a health crisis in the hope of a regime change against the present administration”, he added.
He said that it is led by a former Philippine senator and a former congressman.
The smear operations were fomented by President Duterte’s admission that President Xi Jingpin of China assured him of full cooperation to the needs of combating any contagion that might reach Philippine territory.
Paglinawan’s book will be released by the Philippine BRICS Strategic Studies before the lifting of the community quarantine on April 30.
On top of his writings, Paglinawan is the regular anchor of the radio show “Ang Maestro Atbp, the Unfinished Revolution” at Radyo Pilipinas 1. He is our former press attaché at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York. He also writes a regular column for PH’s newest online publication SovereignPH.com. (ia/SovereignPH.com)