Police raid illegal clinic treating suspected COVID-19 patients in Makati City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — Law enforcers raided a clandestine clinic in Makati that is believed to be treating suspected COVID-19 patients, the city's police chief said Wednesday.

Two Chinese nationals were arrested in Tuesday's raid on a unit at the New Lasema Spa building in Barangay San Antonio, which had been converted into an makeshift medical facility, PCol. Oscar Jacildo said.

The suspects were identified as David Lai, who claimed to be a doctor, and Bruce Lai.

But the nabbed 'doctor' was not able to present proof that he could practice medicine.

"We asked him if he has license to practice, wala siyang maipakita [he was not able to show us any]," Jacildo told CNN Philippines' Balitaan.

He confirmed that the clinic is registered as a pharmacy.

However, Jacildo said they will do a follow-up investigation 'to determine if, indeed, this is a legitimate pharmacy.'

The police seized during the raid suspected COVID-19 test kits, medical supplies such as syringes and multiple boxes of Chinese medicine, which they believe are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration.

Cases against the suspects are being prepared, with the foreign nationals to undergo inquest proceedings before the Makati Prosecutors Office, the report added.

Last week, authorities also raided a villa in Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga that was found to have been turned into an unlicensed clinic for suspected COVID-19 patients.

Fontana Development Corporation, owner of the leased property, issued a denial of any involvement in the scheme involving two Chinese nationals.