Philippine representative issues resolution urging country to reject WHO’s controversial International Health Regulations amendments
By Cassie B. // Dec 05, 2023

A member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines has issued a resolution to reject amendments to the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations that threaten the health freedom of people around the world.

Representative Dan Fernandez, who serves as the chairman of the country's public order and safety committee, submitted the resolution and informed the WHO in writing that the Philippines House of Representatives is rejecting the amendments.

Resolution HR 1490 states: It is hereby resolved by the House of Representatives to urge the Government to reject the amendments to the International Health Regulations adopted on 27 May 2022, and the proposed amendments that are currently being negotiated in secret and due for adoption in May 2024 as they pose a threat to public order and safety, being violative of well-established health protocols and prejudicial to our fundamental democratic principles.

The WHO's Pandemic Treaty and associated International Health Regulations amendments will have the effect of taking away national sovereignty as well as people's health freedom and bodily autonomy. The amendments specify that the WHO will be able to dictate the drugs that its member countries must use and which ones they cannot use during a pandemic.

The WHO also wants to implement a law requiring countries to censor their citizens in a manner that ensures only the public health messages that align with the body's official narrative are shared with the public.

Although the International Health Regulations have existed since 1969, the new draft of the amendments see them becoming dictates that must be followed instead of recommendations that countries can choose to ignore if they wish.

The amendments will still require the WHO director-general to declare a public health emergency of international concern before they are able to hand down orders. However, no official definitions exist for what can be considered a public health emergency of international concern. Moreover, the Director-General will also have the power to declare what is known as a potential pandemic, even if they do not have very much evidence supporting the possibility of an outbreak of illness becoming a pandemic.

Secrecy, censorship and absolute power

One of the points he takes issue with is the amendments appearing to support pharmaceutical companies rather than public health. The resolution notes that “instead of addressing the multi-faceted health and regulatory issues which confronted the peoples of the world during the pandemic years, the proposed amendments to the IHR are designed primarily to support the pharmaceutical hospital emergency industrial complex.”

He added that the negotiations on the amendments are proceeding despite “many unresolved and pestering issues” related not only to the origins of COVID-19 and its contagiousness but also the efficacy and safety of vaccines and the “millions of unexplained ‘excess deaths’.”

In addition, Fernandez points out that the WHO is attempting to become an absolute power over all matters related to health and is trying to give itself the power to impose surveillance, lockdowns, experimental treatments and all manner of access restrictions on people around the world.

When it comes to the matter of censorship, he drew attention to the fact that the WHO is seeking to give itself the right to censor and interfere in people's social communications and that there are no provisions for giving member states a way of challenging the WHO’s assessments.

Finally, he took issue with the fact that much of the process for adopting the amendments has been carried out in secrecy, with closed door negotiations and very little mention of the amendments in the media.

It is clear why they are trying to push this through quickly and quietly, and one can only hope that enough officials around the world will take a strong stance against these very scary proposed amendments and stop them from going into effect.

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