OCD: Hospital raid fake news

THE reports circulating online that personnel from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) raided a hospital and seized medical supplies and equipment are fake news.

This was according to OCD spokesman Mark Timbal.

"May kumalat po na fake news that some hospitals were raided by government, specifically OCD, to confiscate their supplies and equipment para ipamigay sa ibang hospitals. Fake news po 'yan," Timbal said.

The statement was issued by Timbal in reaction to some screenshots of messages circulating over social media stating that police raided hospitals and confiscated their personal protective equipment (PPEs) amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The OCD spokesman said there is a possibility that the screenshot messages could have been edited.

Timbal explained that the agency has been gathering resources through procurement and donations similar to their protocol in previous calamities.

In line with this, Senator Bong Go also denies allegation that he was manipulating the distribution of donated PPEs.

"What we have pooled are distributed to various recipients. In the case of the COVID-19 response, OCD procured PPEs and other medical supplies and received donations from various donors," he said.

"These are then provided to various hospital recipients," he added.

Timbal explained that at present, the OCD's procurement of medical equipment and management of donated supplies are ongoing as the agency wants to help as many hospitals as possible.

"Hindi lang po sa Manila kung hindi across Luzon and other areas na nag-quarantine din in view of COVID-19," Timbal said.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte had tasked the OCD as the main coordinating body for all donations to the government intended for COVID-19 response.