MAHIGIT 7K UNAUTHORIZED COVID-19 TEST KITS NA BINEBENTA ONLINE, NAHARANG NG PNP

Ni Joan Alcantara
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Huli ang isang Chinese trader at Pilipinong kasabwat nito sa isang entrapment operation na nagresulta sa pagkakakumpiska ng nasa 7,700 unregistered COVID-19 test kits nitong Marso 2.

Arestado ng mga operatiba ng CIDG QCDFU, Philippine Air Force Intelligence, at Navotas PS sina Liset Lo Kaw, 40, at Christian Casanova Cruz, 23, sa Brgy. San Rafael Village, Navotas City.

Nagsimula ang operasyon sa sumbong ng FDA ng illegal online sale ng unregistered COVID-19 rapid test kits dahil sa kawalan ng permit o lisensya galing sa ahensya.

Nakumpiska sa mga suspek ang 154 kahon na naglalaman ng 50 piraso ng Clungene Rapid Test Kit kada isa. Tinatayang nagkakahalaga ang mga ito ng PhP1,016,000.00.

Nakuha rin sa mga suspek ang PhP436,000.00 marked money.

Leaders din diumano ang mga suspek ng Christian CG, isang criminal group na ang operasyon ay pagbebenta online.

Nasa QCDFU na ang mga suspek upang humarap sa kasong paglabag sa RA 9711 (Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009) at FDA Circular No. 2020-016 (Prohibition of Online Selling of FDA Certified COVID-19 Antibody Test Kit).

“We remind the public to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious online transactions. We cannot discount the risks associated with unauthorized medical products that could possibly endanger public health. Also, we encourage those who are engaged in food or health product businesses to get pertinent legal documents from the FDA to avoid conflict with the law,” pahayag ni PNP Chief Debold M. Sinas.

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