Chinese selling unauthorized COVID test kits nabbed

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    A CHINESE trader and his Filipino cohort were arrested by police operatives and Air Force intelligence personnel after selling 7,700 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits in Navotas City on Tuesday.

    The suspects, identified as Liset Lo Kaw, 40, and Christian Casanova Cruz, 23, are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.

    They were nabbed in an entrapment operation conducted by the PNP Criminal Investigation Group and Detection Group, Air Force intelligence and Navotas PNP personnel in Barangay San Rafael Village.

    The operation was conducted based on a tip by the Food and Drug Administration that the suspects are selling COVID-19 test kits without a valid permit or license from the FDA.

    Seized from the two were 154 boxes each containing 50 pieces of Clungene COVID-19 rapid test kits worth P1,016,000 and the marked money amounting to P436,000.

    “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,” PNP chief Debold Sinas said.

    “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,” Sinas added.