Fontana Leisure Parks & Casino Denies Illegal COVID-19 Hospital

  • The casino states it had no knowledge of or participation in the alleged illegal operations
  • The villa in question is said to be controlled by Shidaikeji Technology Corporation
  • A raid last week resulted in two arrests, though both men were released without charges filed
man in hospital bed
Following a raid by law enforcement that resulted in two arrests, Fontana Leisure Parks & Casino in the Philippines refutes knowledge of an illegal COVID-19 hospital on its property. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Gaming facility claims no participation

Fontana Leisure Parks & Casino in the Philippines is denying reports of an illegal COVID-19 hospital on its grounds. The casino resort, located in the Clark Freeport Zone, was shut down last week after police discovered a “makeshift” hospital operating out of an on-site villa. The operator says it had no involvement and did not participate in the alleged operations.

A concerned citizen tipped off authorities to the existence of the alleged medical facility. Fontana stated it no longer has control over the villa in question as it is now a residential property.

Fontana does not control villa

According to Fontana Development Corporation, the Shidaikeji Technology Corporation controls the villa. Fontana told Inside Asian Gaming that Shidaikeji assured it that the villa is for employee needs only and not for treatment of COVID-19.

The casino is not operational at this time due to quarantine restrictions in the country. It was previously shut down in December 2016 after police arrested around 1,300 illegal Chinese workers inside the park. The facility resumed casino operations last September after PAGCOR provided approval.

The company said: “Fontana has zero operations at present, and we are going to resume our casino operations after the lifting of the community quarantine.”

The illegal COVID-19 hospital shutdown

Authorities shut down the casino last week after a raid by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. The Food and Drug Administration also took part, along with the Clark Development Corporation.

Police arrested two men during the raid. Hu Ling was supposedly identified as the owner of the illegal COVID-19 hospital, while Lee Seung-Hyun was allegedly the pharmacist of the facility. Police reportedly let the two men go and no charges were filed.

poses danger to individuals who potentially need medical treatment for the deadly disease”

After the raid, the CDC said it plans to prosecute and punish those involved in the hospital, adding, “This illegal activity not only violates the law, but also poses danger to individuals who potentially need medical treatment for the deadly disease. CDC does not and will never tolerate this inside the Clark Freeport.”