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HANDS OFF | Fontana denies involvement in underground Chinese health facility in Clark
May 23, 2020 , 12:33 PM

May 23, 2020 – The property development company, which owns a leisure park in a former US air force base, has denied involvement in an illegal medical facility ordered closed by the government for operating without a permit.

Police has raided and arrested two Chinese doctors in the seven-bed medical facility, which was also selling illegally Chinese medicines for coronavirus disease, in one of the villas owned by Fontana Development Corporation (FDC).

“Fontana has no control over the property or the operations therein,” Simon Wu, FDC assistant general manager, said in a statement. “In fact, Fontana casino, junket and hotel operations have long been suspended. Fontana has zero operations at present.”

The FDC said the villas were placed under the exclusive control of Shidaikeji Technology Corporation, a longtime locator of the Clark Freeport Zone. FDC said Shidaikeji has been using the villas to house their employees and it is not operating as a COVID-19 clinic.

Local authorities have tested at least 490 people in Fontana for the coronavirus by the Philippine Red Cross and the Philippine Coast Guard.

The Fontana Leisure Park has been placed on lockdown after a raid by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

They found that one of the villas was being used as a makeshift medical facility for Chinese patients.

This was not the first time Fontana was shut down. In December 2016, their casino operations were closed following the arrest of more than 1,200 illegal Chinese workers.

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