Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) cracked down on two fake dental clinics without proper licenses and substandard equipment in an entrapment operation at Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday.
A total of three fake dental technicians were arrested in the operation seen in a report by Emil Sumangil on “24 Oras,” which saw one of the employees of the clinics accepting marked money from an NBI operative.
“That is violative ng Republic Act 9484 which is the Dental Act of 2007. So ‘yun ay pagpractice ng walang kaukulang authority at lisensya sa ahensya ng gobyerno,” NBI Special Task Force Chief Moises Tamayo said.
One of the suspects admitted that they knew why they were being arrested while another said they were merely doing their jobs.
NBI operatives discovered that neither establishment had requisite licenses to run as dental clinics nor were their employees licensed as dentists or dental technicians.
Surveillance footage showed the fake dental technicians carrying out procedures manually as they did not have proper equipment.
Technicians also used kitchen gloves instead of actual medical gloves and the person seen creating dentures by hand was identified as underaged.
Dr. Marlon Villalobos, Philippine Dental Association president, warned the public to refrain from having their dentures or retainers made in such “clinics” as it may leave permanent damage.
“‘Wag nilang ipagtiwala ang kanilang mga bibig sa hindi rehistrado o lehitimong dentista. Pwede nitong ibigay na problema, unang-una ho pwede magkaroon ng pamamaga ng gilagid, pwedeng umuwi sa impeksyon, pwedeng mahawa sa iba-ibang communicable diseases,” he said. —Rie Takumi/JST, GMA News