‘Fake COVID-19’ drugs seized in Paranaque

April 27, 2020
Fake drugs
Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said among those seized from the house of Yumei Liang, also known as Liza Wu, from her rented residential house in Bgy. Baclaran were medicines allegedly being used to treat other illnesses such as STDs and HIV-AIDS. Photo by EDD REYES

AUTHORITIES confiscated hundreds of boxes of fake COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies from China inside a residential house being rented by a Chinese woman who was earlier arrested for illegally practicing medicine in Paranaque City.

Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said among those seized from the house of Yumei Liang, also known as Liza Wu, from her rented residential house in Bgy. Baclaran were medicines allegedly being used to treat other illnesses such as STDs and HIV-AIDS.

Last Sunday, members of the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Office and City Health Office raided Yumei’s illegal clinic located along 3985 Lt. Garcia Street corner Airport Road in Bgy. Baclaran, for operating without necessary permits.

City hall officials discovered that fellow Chinese nationals, who entered the clinic using the backdoor of the old building, were the clients or patients of Yumei.

During interrogation, she admitted to Olivarez that she has a medicine stockroom in her rented residential house a few meters from her clinic in Bgy. Baclaran.

Olivarez and city health office officials personally discovered more boxes of medicine and medical supplies in the stockroom, such as boxes of dextrose and medicine including antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, and medicine used for treating sexually transmitted diseases.

Some types of medicine include herbal supplement used as a traditional Chinese treatment for colds, fever, cough, and sore throat and a non-prescription drug for flu and respiratory illnesses.

Olivarez said medicine were being marketed as COVID-19 cure.

The mayor added that they also uncovered two more illegal Chinese clinics inside the house of the suspect complete with treatment beds and chairs with IV stands beside it.

The mayor said they suspect the illegal clinic was catering to the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) employees mostly residing in Barangays Baclaran and Tambo.