A JOINT team of the Paranaque City Health Office and Bureau of Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) raided an illegal medical clinic and arrested a Chinese woman who was reportedly selling medicines and treating COVID-19 patients Saturday afternoon in Paranaque City.
Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez identified the arrested woman as Yumei Liang, 44, with a Filipina name Liza Wu of Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Her utility boy, identified as Hinya Rodriguez was also apprehended but her unidentified relative who was also present in the building when the raid was conducted managed to escape.
City hall personnel recovered several boxe of drugs containing 400 packs of 24 capsules per pack each from the 3rd floor of the 4-storey building being rented by Yumei at 3985 Lt. Garcia St. corner Airport Road, Bgy. Baclaran.
The medicine packages bear Chinese character markings and English markings "Linhua Qingwen Jiaonang", “Shuang Huang Lian Kou Fu Ye” and compound amino acid injection manufactured by Kelum Pharmaceutical in China.
Lawyer Melanie Marquez-Malaya, chief of the BPLO, said they found out that the medical clinic has been operating in the city for two months only when the government imposed the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon last March.
Malaya said the suspect violated several city ordinances including the city revenue code, operating without mayor’s permit, no working permit and Republic Act (RA) 3720 otherwise known as the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 2009 and RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Malaya said the Chinese-woman doesn’t know how speak English nor the local dialect when city hall officials interrogated her after the raid. She also refused to reveal the supplier of her smuggled drugs. She added that the clients of the medical clinic were mostly Chinese nationals entering at the back door of the old building.
Mayor Olivarez said they are trying to locate the sources of the alleged unregistered COVID-19 medicines which were not in line with health standards and with the Food and Drug Administration.
Olivarez said they will coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) if Yumei is in connivance with Shi Jianchuan who was earlier arrested by operatives in Binondo, Manila in an entrapment operation while allegedly selling medicines for the deadly COVID-19.
Olivarez again appealed to the Bureau of Immigration to immediately deport the illegal doctor for mocking the city ordinances and laws continuing the clandestine operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unlicensed drugs confiscated from Yumei is almost similar to the capsules of Shi when he was arrested.