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A Medical and Diagnostic Center in Manila Philippines sued NBI for issuing Fake Medical Certificate for OFWs

National Bureau of Investigation personnel raided a medical and diagnostic center in Ermita, Manila that allegedly issued fake medical certificates to those who wanted to work abroad.

Based in the report last Tuesday that the search warrant was armed by the NBI's Intellectual Property Rights Division when they raided the Heartwell Medical and Diagnostic Center.

Some staff and establishment officials were arrested, while the documents the clinic issued to their clients were confiscated.

According to the NBI, applicants who wish to go abroad receive most medical certificates of clinic clients. But apart from the unlicensed technician performing the ultrasound procedure, the person who signed the documents as a sonologist and radiologist did not even register with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Moreover, the doctor stated in the documents was non-existent because only the clinic's technician was the one who signed for the mock doctor, according to Glenn Ricarte, chief of the NBI-IPRD.

Dr.  Revien Dela Cruz, medical director of the clinic has denied the allegations.

Apart from admitting clinic technician Joel EspaƱol, who is signing up for a false doctor, he also admitted that he also operated an ultrasound machine even though he was undergraduate.

According to Dr.  Benigno Santi, president of the Ultrasound Society of the Philippines, who complained to the NBI, made the practice of illegal practice such a clinic difficult.  

He explained that if the results of the tests were incorrect, the OFWs would be miserable and would certainly have problems finding out that they had health problems when they arrived overseas.

Those arrested will face estafa complaint, breach of medical act, and falsification of medical records.


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