2 Chinese operators of illegal COVID-19 clinic on BI alert list

THE two Chinese doctors who were caught operating an underground hospital for COVID-19 patients in Pampanga last week have been placed on the alert list of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. disclosed that case buildup activities are now being undertaken to ascertain the true identities and visa status of the said Chinese doctors.

“We are also investigating if there is a connection between these two clandestine facilities and their Chinese operators," Manahan said.

The two, he said, have been placed on the BI’s  alert list in order to  prevent them from leaving the country and ensure their presence while they are undergoing criminal and administrative investigation for their alleged offenses.

Once  encountered at the airport the two, identified as Liu Wei and Hu Shiling, will not be cleared for departure and will instead be referred to the BI intelligence and legal divisions for investigation.

The two were arrested last May 19 when their clinic at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Angeles City was raided by the police.  They were, however, released on the same day without any charges filed against them.

The BI is conducting a separate investigation into the case of Chinese nationals who were caught operating clandestine COVID-19 hospitals not only in Clark but also in Makati City which was raided last Tuesday.

Manahan is currently investigating if these alleged Chinese nationals are legally staying in the country and should  there be any finding that they violated the country’s immigration laws, they will be charged with deportation cases before the BI’s law and investitgation division.

It was learned that the BI intelligence operatives under Manahan are now locating the four Chinese COVID-19 patients who were reportedly undergoing treatment at the Clark clinic before it was raided.