Police raid illegal medical facility for Chinese patients inside Clark leisure park

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) — Authorities said Wednesday they have raided a makeshift medical facility catering to Chinese patients inside a leisure park in Clark, Pampanga.

A joint operation was conducted on Tuesday inside the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Special Economic Zone, the Clark Development Corporation said in a statement.

A villa inside the leisure park was found illegally operating as an unlicensed and underground medical facility for patients suspected of COVID-19, it added.

"This illegal activity not only violates the law, but also poses danger to individuals who potentially need medical treatment for the deadly disease," the statement said.

Two Chinese nationals were arrested during the raid. Ling Hu was identified by the police as the alleged owner and Seung-Hyun Lee was named as the alleged pharmacist in the facility. They are now facing criminal charges.

CDC also said it will hold the Fontana management accountable for allowing the illegal business to happen within their property.

Fontana Development Corporation (FDC) issued Saturday a denial of any involvement in the scheme.

FDC said Shidaikeji Technology Corporation fully controls the converted villa.

“Fontana has no control over the property or the operations therein. In fact, Fontana casino, junket and hotel operations have long been suspended. Fontana has zero operations at present,” FDC Assistant General Manager Simon Wu said in a letter to CDC President Noel Manankil.

Fontana Leisure Park, located 80 kilometers north of Manila, has villas, a water theme park, golf course, and casino.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he has ordered the Immigration Bureau to track down the foreign nationals who sought medical care from the illegal facility because they may be "dangerously roaming around."

"If found, they will be brought to legitimate hospitals or quarantine facilities for proper treatment, without prejudice to charging those responsible for this illegal operation," he said in a statement.