Illegal Chinese makeshift COVID-19 hospital, pharmacy raided in Clark

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Region 3 (CIDG-3) raided an illegal Chinese makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients with pharmacy inside the Fontana Leisure Parks here last May 18.

Col. Amante Daro, CIDG-3 regional officer, said two Chinese nationals were arrested during the raid. He identified them as Hu Ling, 44, supervisor; and Lee Seung Hyun, 38, pharmacist.

The two were arrested inside the illegal medical facility and pharmacy inside Villa 628 along Florida St. in Fontana Leisure Parks.

Daro said they received information that a COVID-19 patient was being treated inside the villa-turned-hospital, prompting him to coordinate with the regional offices of the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Health for the inspection of the facility.

Around 1:30 p.m. last Monday, CIDG operatives, along with FDA personnel and Clark Development Corp. public safety officers, raided the said villa and found several hospital beds inside and a pharmacy filled with Chinese medicines and related items.

FDA personnel seized “numerous” Chinese-labeled medicines from the makeshift hospital and pharmacy.

Daro said the two Chinese nationals were brought to the CIDG-3 headquarters in Camp Olivas for questioning.

He said he already requested the DOH-3 to test the two Chinese nationals for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Clark Development Corporation announced yesterday that Fontana Leisure Parks was placed under “full lockdown” due to the discovery of the illegal COVID-19 hospital and pharmacy inside the resort.

“Aside from the operators who are now facing criminal charges, the CDC will also hold into account the management of Fontana for allowing this to happen within their property. We assure Clark stakeholders, the locators, local communities and residents especially, that we will not stop until all those involved are prosecuted and punished,” the CDC said in a statement to the media.