Gov Pineda urges Chinese embassy to crack down on illegal Chinese clinics like the one busted in Jack Lam’s Fontana
Governor Dennis Pineda on Wednesday sounded the alarm on the operation of an illegal coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) clinic, which was catering exclusively to Chinese nationals, and asked concerned government agencies to find out if there are other similar facilities inside Clark Freeport.
The call was made following the raid of a villa at Fontana Resorts and Leisure Park on Tuesday that was discovered to be illegally operating as a makeshift Covid-19 treatment hub for Chinese patients. Fontana is now being run by jueteng king Atong Ang after casino tycoon Jack Lam fled the country.
He thanked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Regional Field Unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 3, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Clark Development Corporation for the raid that led to the closure of the clinic.
He said the operation of the facility does not only violate the law but also poses danger to Kapampangans.
“Hinihikayat ko po ang CIDG, FDA at CDC na hanapin pa po ang napapaulat na iba pang katulad na iligal na pasilidad sa loob ng Clark Freeport,” Pineda said.
He also appealed to the Chinese embassy to urge its nationals to seek medical treatment at the Department of Health-accredited hospital inside Clark.
“Gawin nyo po sana ang aking pakiusap para maprotektahan ang mga taga-Pampanga sa coronavirus,” he added.
Arrested during the raid were two Chinese nationals Ling Hu, 45, the alleged owner of the underground hospital; and Seung-Hyun Lee, 38, an alleged pharmacist.
The suspects are now detained at Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando while a Chinese Covid-19 patient admitted inside the makeshift facility was transferred to a medical facility.
The raiding team also discovered several medicines with Chinese labels and medical waste inside the villa. (PNA)
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