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Underground clinic raided, unregistered medicines seized in Pampanga

Authorities on Friday seized unregistered medicines at what is believed to be an underground clinic in Pampanga.

According to Cedric Castillo's report on "24 Oras", six hospital beds, both used and unused dextrose, as well as medicine with Chinese engravings were found inside a signless apartment at Angeles City.

The clinic was discovered through an entrapment operation of the National Bureau of Investigation against a father-son suspect who was allegedly selling unregistered medicine.

According to NBI executive officer for operation Marvni de Jemil, the information given by an informant led them to conduct a surveillance.

"And then, after the surveillance we proved that, indeed, this Chinese doctor is selling unregistered Chinese medicine," Jemil said.

"Merong mga boxes doon na pang COVID [...] tas' may pang-swab din [...] Yes, definitely yes [they are conducting COVID-19 testing]," Gomel Gabuna, Food and Drug Administration chief administrative officer, said.

After operatives had handed the marked money, the old Chinese male seemingly noticed the operation and tried to run through the roof.

He was later captured with his son.

In defense, the suspects said that the beds were only used for sleeping and that they only sold the medicine to fellow Chinese.

The Chinese pharmacy in front of the apartment was also raided as authorities suspect it to be the source of the medicine used by the clinic.

"Ito, drug store din ito. Pagaari din nu'ng Chinese doctor, iisa lang ang may ari, and the same content din, puro mga Chinese medicine din ang laman," Jemil said. -Joahna Lei Casilao/NB, GMA News