P6-M Chinese medicines seized in Makati clinic

Published October 30, 2020, 8:13 AM

by Jel Santos

Around P6 million worth of Chinese medicines were seized inside a condominium unit illegally operating as a clinic for Chinese nationals on Thursday night, Makati Police said.

(Makati City Police / MANILA BULLETIN)

Reports said most of the clinic’s clients are Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) workers.

Makati Police Assistant Chief of Police for Operations (ACOPO) Tyrone Valenzona said they conducted the raid on the clinic with the help of personnel from the Makati Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).

Based on the police report, policemen raided the “clinic” located at the 5th floor of a hotel on Mariano St. in Barangay Poblacion, Makati at around 6:30 p.m.

Law enforcers found boxes of Chinese medicines inside the studio-type unit as well as used dextrose and syringes.

“There were two big garbage bags containing medical wastes of the clinic. It contained gauze with blood, used syringes, dextrose, and other wastes,” Valenzona told the Manila Bulletin.

Police said they arrested its caretaker identified as He Pian Yun, 58.

According to Valenzona, the alleged doctor operating the clinic was not there when they raided the unit.

“That doctor is not allowed to practice medicine in the country,” he said. He is now the subject of a manhunt operation.

The Makati BPLO said the clinic has no permit to operate at the condominium unit.

Valenzona said the clinic was making appointments with its Chinese clients through the mobile application “We Chat.”

“Our Chinese assets told us about the illegal operation of this clinic. We conducted surveillance and test buy there,” he said.

The Makati Police said it will conduct similar operations on other illegal clinics operating in the city.