A social media influencer urged the government and medical experts to take on his four challenges as he alleged that coronavirus is just a hoax.
Dr. Ron Samaniego, a physical therapist, posted a video on his Facebook page ton March 31 asking government to take on his four challenges.
“Para sa mga naniniwala sa Coronavirus, may challenge ako baka pwede ninyong tugunan. One, ang first challenge ko, i-prove ninyo na ‘yung PRC testing is gold standard…na absolute test na may Covid ang tao,” Samaniego said.
He also urged the government to exempt him and others who do not believe the virus from health protocols, such as the community lockdown and the wearing of face masks.
“Para sa aming hindi naniniwala na totoo itong pandemic na ito, bakit hindi niyo kami bigyan ng lisensya na hindi na namin kailangang magsuot ng masks, face shields, hindi na namin kailangang mag-rapid testing para mag-travel, hindi kami included sa lockdown ng ECQ. Bigyan niyo kami ng special authorization na magawa namin ang gusto naming gawin.”
Samaniego further challenged the government that those who would be given “special authorization” be deprived of medical treatment, should they later test positive for Covid-19.
“Ang binubuwis namin dito, buhay namin. Hindi basta-basta ‘to. Kasi humihingi kami ng freedom. We want our freedom back. Pero kung nadiagnose kami ng Covid at nagpaospital kami, huwag niyo kaming gamutin,” he said.
“I-prove ninyo na chismis lang ‘yung pagcoconvert ng mga doktor sa Covid kahit hindi naman Covid. Hindi kayo naniniwala, eh. Edi kayo magprove. Kayo nag-aakusa na chismis lang ‘yan, i-prove ninyo na hindi totoo, yan,” he said for his third challenge.
Samaniego, who offered no proof whatsoever, claimed that the purported vaccines that are being distributed in Bacolod, are in fact just vitamins.
For his fourth challenge, Samaniego called upon the government to “stop testing and stop incentivizing Covid testing,” as it would lessen the number of cases.
“For at least two weeks lang. Kapag bumaba ang cases, ibig sabihin sinungaling kayo…tinatarantado lang tayo ng mga medical doctors na sinasabing puno na sila,” Samaniego said.