Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

By the Staff

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – Police authorities and Clark Development Corporation on Wednesday said they raided an illegal makeshift hospital facility allegedly catering to Chinese individuals suspected of infection with the coronavirus.

The facility was found by police operatives inside the Fontana Leisure Park which was immediately placed under “full lockdown” on Tuesday, May 19.

In a statement, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said the raid was conducted by joint forces of its public safety department, the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and the Food and Drug Administration.

“As a result, Clark officials have ordered the closure and full lockdown of Fontana Leisure Park inside the Clark Freeport following the raid. This illegal activity not only violates the law, but also poses danger to individuals who potentially need medical treatment for the deadly disease. CDC does not and will never tolerate this inside the Clark Freeport,” CDC said.

The CDC claimed the combined forced arrested Ling Hu, 45, the alleged owner of the underground hospital; and alleged pharmacist Seung-Hyun Lee, 38.

“Aside from the operators who are now facing criminal charges, the CDC will also hold into account the management of Fontana for allowing this to happen within their property. We assure Clark stakeholders, the locators, local communities and residents especially, that we will not stop until all those involved are prosecuted and punished,” it said.

The operation by combined authorities was conducted only a few days after the province of Pampanga transitioned into modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), after two months under ECQ.

It may be recalled Fontana also figured in a controversy particularly in December 2016 in which the resort’s casino was shut down following the arrest of 1,240 illegal Chinese workers inside the leisure park in a Bureau of Immigration operation.

Involved in the controversy was Fontana owner and Macau gaming tycoon Jack Lam and two Bureau of Immigration officials who were accused of extorting P50 million from him for the release of the illegal casino workers. (iamigo/

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