Accompanied by local law enforcers and medical personnel from Malabon City Health Office, police swooped down on a health center in Bgy. Tonsuya being used reportedly as an underground maternity clinic.
The raid on a health center located at A. Roque and Perez Streets, Bgy. Tonsuya on Aug. 8, 2017 has resulted in the arrest of Lea Aricayos, 41, midwife, who had just performed on a woman giving birth to a baby girl.
Aricayos was taken for questioning while the mother and the baby were whisked away to the Pagamutan ng Malabon as a matter of medical procedure for pregnants giving birth to places other than a hospital.
Police said the Mayor’s Complaint and Action Team (MCAT) has been receiving calls the past weeks about the said health center being used as a secret maternity clinic in violation of an existing city ordinance.
A series of stakeouts were made, and with the help of the police and the City Health Department, the raid was carried out, thus the apprehension of the midwife, said Col. Jojo Lopez, MCAT officer-in-charge.
Police head prober Chief Insp. Paul Dennis Javier said Aricayos violated City Ordinance A12-2016, otherwise known as an Ordinance Regulating Private Lying-in Clinics in the City of Malabon.
Aricayos who is detained at the Malabon City police headquarters must pay P1,000 bail bond, according to Assistant City Prosecutor Rodrigo Dante Yambot for her provisional liberty.
The ordinance also provides that the practice of performing ‘panganganak’ should be done in a hospital or in an accredited maternity house so as not to put the pregnant woman and the baby in danger.
Meanwhile, probers said they will invite Tonsuya Bgy. Chairman Pol Ombas for questioning on allegations that the payments derived from the clandestine operation of the health center were all remitted by Aricayos to the barangay.
“Hindi ko po kinukuha ang P1,200 na kada bayad ng mga pinapaanak ko kundi ibinibigay ko po sa barangay hall,” Aricayos reportedly admitted to police.
Who are benefitting from this underground maternity clinic is a question that probers would like to find out, Javier said.