FAIR COMMENT | Alito Malinao
China is entirely to blame for the coronavirus plague that has now killed millions in countries all over the world with the United States topping the list of countries with most infections and deaths.
The universal outrage against China is anchored on two facts: 1) that it deliberately withheld information about the virus after it hit Wuhan, China thereby causing it to spread to the world; and 2) it gave wrong information that there is no human to human transmission of the virus, which was blindly adopted by the World Health Organization.
There is also the highly disturbing report that the virus did not originate from the wet market in Wuhan, which was the official version given by the Chinese government, but from the Wuhan Institute of Virology with the virus either deliberately released or had escaped. The latter version is now being investigated by the U.S. intelligence agencies.
Thus, it is not unexpected that some private groups are now suing China for its crime against humanity.
American lawyer Larry Klayman has filed a USD 20 trillion lawsuit against China for the creation and the release of the novel coronavirus that has infected and killed millions of people globally.
Klayman’s advocacy group Freedom Watch and Buzz Photos, a Texas company, filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleging that the novel coronavirus was “designed by China to be a biological weapon of war and that whether or not the country intended to release it, China violated U.S. and international laws, treaties, and norms.”
“Because China has agreed by treaty to outlaw such weapons, these actions cannot be official governmental actions of the People’s Republic of China and are not subject to any possible claim of legal immunity from suit,” the lawsuit said, as cited by Law and Crime.
It went on to allege that the purpose of maintaining the virus within the laboratory was to use it to “kill US citizens and other persons and entities in nations perceived to be an enemy of China.”
Florida’s The Berman Law Group has also filed a class action lawsuit against the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for its alleged failure to report the disease and subsequently move to quickly contain it.
According to a report carried out by conservative UK think tank The Henry Jackson Society, lawsuits against China could hit trillions of dollars from European countries alone.
In the Philippines, we haven’t heard of any group seeking compensation from China. We are waiting for the noisy militant groups to file at least a token suit against China to prove: 1) that they are not communists; and 2) that it is true to its avowed mission as defender of the Filipino people. What China did is the worst case of human rights violation.
Sadly, we are being victimized by China twice in a row. First, it infected us with the virus and second, we and other countries are going to pay China millions for the China-made vaccines. China never had it so good.
If China has a conscience, it should at least sell the vaccine developed by its state-owned companies at a discounted price to poor countries like the Philippines. But this is pure wishful thinking.