Fontana Park on lockdown after raid on illegal hospital

AUTHORITIES have placed Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport Zone on a lockdown and have subjected at least 490 people to a COVID test following the discovery of an underground hospital in the area catering to Chinese nationals believed to have contracted the deadly virus, officials said  yesterday.

According to Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group deputy director, Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento,  all Fontana tenants and staff were subjected to COVID testing following last Tuesday’s raid. The result of the tests are expected to be released within 2-3 weeks.

It turned out that the secret hospital catered to Chinese nationals without requiring them to go on mandatory 14-day quarantine. Recovered inside the facility were used syringes and testing kits.

As a result, the entire leisure park and residences were placed in a lockdown with all residents and employees barred from leaving the place as PNP-CIDG agents stepped-up their contact tracing effort in the area.

The owner and pharmacist of the raided site  located at Florida 2, Villa 628 are now facing charges for violation of the Food and Drug Administration law and the Medicine Act of 1958 as well as violation of the quarantine protocols. They were not identified but were described as a 45-year old man and a 38-year old woman.

Even PNP-CIDG officers and men who were involved in the raid at the makeshift medical facility were ordered to undergo mandatory quarantine amid suspicions that the raided facility had been frequented by some possible Chinese COVID-19 victims.

Majority of the CIDG personnel involved in the raid wore personal protective equipment but some were equipped with face masks only.

A Chinese national who was believed to be suffering from headache and sore throat was found inside the raided secret facility which also sell Chinese medicine.

The PNP-CIDG has to seek the help of Chinese interpreters to read records and other materials discovered in the raided facility which were all written in Chinese characters.