MANILA - Sen. Risa Hontiveros is urging the government to "deport and blacklist" Chinese nationals who were involved in the opening of an illegal coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) clinic in Makati.
Opening an underground clinic is a "blatant disregard of our laws" and "should merit immediate deportation and blacklisting," Hontiveros said in a statement.
"Deport and blacklist these criminals. Hindi pwedeng ang higpit natin sa mga Pilipino pero maluwag tayo sa mga Chinese na sangkot sa krimen," she said.
"While we are working hard to protect our people from the virus, these criminals freely roam and pose danger to public health... Insulto ito sa ating mga batas, at insulto rin sa bawat Pilipinong sumusunod sa ating quarantine measures," she said.
Chinese operators of the makeshift hospitals should also be held liable for the violation of the Food and Drug Administration Law, Medical Act of 1959 and the Hospital Licensure Act, the senator said.
"They have zero regulation and can be a source of community transmission," Hontiveros said.
"We will be putting communities at risk and waste our quarantine efforts because of these medical facilities," she said.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has directed the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration to locate underground clinics in the country.