Cops who raided illegal hospital in Clark resort now in isolation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 21 2020 08:32 AM | Updated as of May 21 2020 08:39 AM

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MANILA - Police officers who raided a makeshift medical facility in Clark Freeport Zone have been placed in isolation amid fears that the hospital was used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Brig. Gen. Rhoderick Armamento, deputy director for administration of the police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said a Chinese patient was undergoing treatment at a villa at the Fontana Leisure Park, which was converted into a health facility and pharmacy for Chinese patients.

The patient was seeking medical attention for sore throat and headache, Armamento said.

"According to the report, merong isa...naabutan ng tropa dun na magpapagamot, parang masakit ang lalamunan at ulo," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(According to the report, there was one patient the troops found seeking treatment for sore throat and headache.)

"'Yung mga operative namin pinagsuot namin ng PPE (personal protective equipment. Kaya lang may kasamahan kami na face mask lang. Lahat sila ikinwarantine na namin."

(We made our operatives wear PPEs but one wore only a face mask. We have placed them in quarantine.)

Authorities are conducting contact tracing but are having difficulties due to the facility's records being written in Chinese, Armamento said.

"Ang daming napaggamitan na na hiringgilya, testing kits. Mga 3 plastic na naipon dun, pakalat-kalat lang dun," he said.

(There were many used syringes, testing kits inside some 3 plastic bags strewn everywhere.)

The owner and pharmacist of the facility are facing charges for violation of the Food and Drug Administration law and the Medicine Act of 1958, police earlier said.