THE city government of Parañaque filed yesterday criminal charges against the Chinese doctor-owner of illegal health facilities after several unregistered medicines for COVID-19 and sexually transmitted diseases were discovered in her warehouse.
Chinese national Yumei Liang, also known as Liza Wu, of Alabang Muntinlupa City, was charged of violating the city revenue code operating without mayor’s permit and sanitation code before the City Prosecutors Office.
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 Barangay Baclaran, for operating without necessary permits.
During follow-up operations, Mayor Edwin Olivarez and city hall personnel seized from Yumei’s rented residential house in Barangay Baclaran were medicines allegedly being used to treat other illnesses such as STDs and HIV-AIDS.
“Our health office employees are still in the process of listing all the confiscated items brought to the city hall last Monday morning,” Olivarez disclosed, adding “we are shocked because most of the medicines are injectable.”
He was informed by city health officials that the unregistered medicines are worth more than P30 million.
Aside from these, Olivarez also discovered a pharmacy inside the establishment where unregistered medicines are labeled in Chinese characters without English translation.
Another clinic was also discovered inside the house with hundreds of boxes of unregistered medicines.
Aside from breaking several city ordinances, the 44-year-old Chinese is also facing charges for violating Republic Act (RA) 3720 (Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 2009) and RA 11469 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also set to file charges against the suspect for the smuggled medicines, for selling unregistered medicines for COVID-19 and for practicing medical profession without license.
Mayor Olivarez said Yumei will also face charges of falsification of public document from the Land Transportation Office for altering her driver’s license.
The suspect is also facing deportation for violating several Philippine immigration laws.