ILLEGAL PRACTICE. Police authorities seize some PHP200,000 worth of items used in the practice of illegal dentistry during an entrapment in Dumaguete City on Wednesday night (June 15, 2022). A former village councilor from Lanao del Sur was the subject of the operation and was arrested at a pension house in the city (Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office)

DUMAGUETE CITY – Members of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) led a joint team here in arresting an alleged fake dentist following a tip from the Philippine Dentists' Association (PDA) in Negros Oriental.

A report from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) said the suspect, Marwa Biston Salic, alias “Precious”, 23, was arrested Wednesday night at a pension house in Barangay Looc.

The woman is said to be a former kagawad (village councilor) of Barangay Ilian, Bacolod-Kawali in Lanao Del Sur.

The local CIDG and the local police, accompanied by representatives of the Philippine Dental Association-Negros Oriental, swooped down on the suspect in an entrapment while she was engaging in the illegal practice of dentistry.

Police said Salic was operating without authority from the law, without a certificate of registration and professional identification card, as well as a special permit issued by the proper authority which constitutes a violation of Republic Act 9484 or An Act to Regulate the Practice of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Technology in the Philippines.

The law enforcers confiscated various items for use in dentistry practice, amounting to about PHP200,000.

The suspect, now under police custody, will face several criminal raps. (PNA)