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Imee: US hindi umamin sa anti-Sinovac campaign

Hindi kinumpirma o itinanggi ng United States Defense Department ang alegasyon na sila ang nagpasimula ng anti-Chinese Sinovac vaccine campaign sa kasagsagan ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Sa pagdinig ng Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs sa umano’y anti-vaccine propaganda ng US military, ipinunto ni Senadora Imee Marcos na hindi ‘confirmation’ o ‘denial’ ang pahayag ni Pentagon spokesperson Lisa Lawrence.

Tinanong ni Marcos sina Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro at Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo tungkol sa kanilang assessment sa pahayag ni Lawrence.

“Persons well versed in interpreting statements of other states, such as the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) as well as the government lawyers, do you agree that the observation of the news outlets at the above statement is not in any way a denial?” tanong ni Marcos.

“It does not deny the material assertions of the Reuters’ exposes. In fact, there are those who would say that this is tantamount to admission from the US Department of Defense,” dagdag pa niya.

Iprinisenta sa pagdinig ang statement ni Lawrence kung saan sinabi nitong, “The Department of Defense (DoD) conducts a wide range of operations, including operations in the information environment (O1E),. to counter adversary malign influence. DoD activities, including OIE, Conducted outside areas of armed conflict are coordinated and deconflicted with other departments and agencies, as appropriate”.

“This process is deliberate, methodical, and comprehensive. Several state and non-state actors use social media platforms and other media to spread disinformation and conduct malign influence campaigns against the United States,” dagdag pa niya.

Sabi ni Manalo, ang statement ng Pentagon ay deklarasyon ng US policy na idedepensa nila ang kanilang sarili laban sa anumang propaganda na ibabato sa kanila.

“Judging and following from the final sentence, I think it’s a declaration of perhaps US policy that they would be undertaking deterrence against any kind of malign influence against them,” ani Manalo.

Reaksiyon naman ni Teoodoro, “If it’s neither a confirmation nor a denial, then the burden of proof is on the asserter to prove something. So that means to say that the US DoD will neither confirm nor deny, that somebody has evidence to come out and prove it. I think that’s the import of the statement.”

Una rito, kinumpirma ni Dr. Daniel Lucey, US-based clinical professor sa Geisel School of Medicine, sa Senado na may ‘disinformation’ tungkol sa Sinovac vaccine ng China.

“I can’t speak directly for anyone in the Philippines, or in Asia, or anywhere in the world. But I think this was really disinformation…” sabi ni Lucey.

“I think the way it sounds to me is disinformation about China’s Sinovac vaccine which again was approved by WHO (World Health Organization) for use in countries around the world. The disinformation intended to make people hesitant to take the vaccine,” saad pa niya. (Dindo Matining)

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