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Warehouse yields P40-M Chinese ‘COVID-19 meds’

/ 04:05 AM May 02, 2020

—LYN RILLON

Around P40 million worth of Chinese medicines—which was being marketed as a cure for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)—were found in a warehouse in Malate, Manila, on Friday.

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation-Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) and the Bureau of Customs raided the warehouse after they were tipped off that it contained medicines from China.

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The drugs found in the warehouse along Singalong Street were the same medicines seized by the NBI last week from a Chinese businessman in an entrapment operation.

“The medicine has seen a higher demand and popularity because of its claims that it can cure COVID-19. However, this medicine is not registered with the Food and Drug Administration so this should be examined and studied,” NBI-SAU chief Emeterio Dongallo Jr. told the Inquirer.

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The NBI will invite five Chinese nationals who were at the warehouse. —Nikka G. Valenzuela

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