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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine ban on 15 Taiwanese products contaminated with maleic acid has nothing to do with the May 9 fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, Malacañang said Monday.
Secretary Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesperson, said the ban was a preemptive measure to stop the products from being smuggled into the country. None of the products is available in the Philippine market. Lacierda said the ban was imposed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) following a scientific evaluation.
“It has nothing to do with politics. It has nothing to do with the present situation that we’re in with Taiwan. It’s as simple as that,’’ he said in a Malacañang briefing. “It has everything to do with the health of the Filipino citizens.’’