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Palace vows charges vs operators of illegal hospital at Clark resort villa

/ 01:46 PM May 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday vowed to press charges against unscrupulous individuals behind the operation of  an illegal hospital treating Chinese nationals infected or suspected to be infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) inside an upscale resort village at Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

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Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Palace is “alarmed” with the reported raid on a residential villa inside Fontana Leisure Park converted into a small hospital for Chinese patients.

“Kakasuhan po ‘yung mga naaresto sa Fontana dahil nilabag po nila ‘yung dalawang batas na nagsasabing hindi pupwedeng magpractice ng medicine ang walang lisensya at hindi pwedeng mag-dispense ng gamot na hindi rehistrado sa FDA (Food and Drug Administration),” Roque said in a televised press briefing.

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(Those arrested in Fontana Leisure Parks will be charged for violating the laws that prohibit the practice of medicine by unlicensed professionals and for using medications not registered by the FDA.)

Joint operatives of the Central Luzon police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the FDA raided on Tuesday afternoon the facility and arrested several employees for violating the Medicine Act of 1958.

More than 200 suspected coronavirus rapid test kits and syringes were recovered from the facility.

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