Chinese nationals behind illegal hospital will be held liable, Palace says

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Malacañang assured the public that they will hold the Chinese nationals illegally operating a makeshift medical facility in Clark, Pampanga accountable for their illegal actions.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this after authorities arrested two nationals namely Ling Hu, alleged owner of the facility and Seung-Hyun Lee, alleged pharmacist, for running a villa illegally operating as a makeshift medical facility for Chinese patients.

The spokesperson said they could face charges for violation of the Medical Act also known as Republic No. Act 2382 and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act also known as Republic Act No. 9711.

“Kakasuhan po iyong mga nahuli sa Fontana dahil nilabag po nila iyong dalawang batas na nagsasabing hindi puwedeng mag-practice ng medisina ng walang lisensiya; hindi puwedeng mag-dispense ng gamot na hindi rehistrado sa FDA,” he explained in a virtual press briefing.

[Those caught in Fontana will face charges for violating two laws–one that prohibits practicing medicine without a license and dispensing medicine not registered under the Food and Drug Administration.]

The suspects are currently held at Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

“Naaalarama po ang Palasyo diyan ‘no. Unang-una, mayroon po tayong batas na tanging mga kuwalipikadong doktor lamang ang puwedeng mag-practice ng medisina rito,” Roque added.

[The Palace was alarmed by that report. First, we have a law that states that only qualified doctors can practice medicine in the country.]

Under the Medical Act, “any person found guilty of illegal practice of medicine shall be punished by a fine of not less than PHP1,000 nor more than PHP10,000 with subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency, or by imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court”.

Roque also said that the Chinese nationals should have received approval from the FDA before selling medicines.

“Dapat aprubado po iyan ng ating FDA. At nagpapataw rin po tayo ng parusa kapag ikaw ay gumamit o di naman kaya ay nagbenta ng mga gamot na hindi po aprubado ng FDA.”

[he medicines should be approved by the FDA. And we also file penalties if you use or sell medicine not approved by the FDA.]

Under the FDA Act, “any person who violates any of the provisions of Section eleven hereof shall, upon conviction, suffer the penalty of imprisonment ranging from one year but not more than 10 years or a fine of not less than PHP50,000 but not more than PHP500,000 or both, at the discretion of the court…”

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.