THE National Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-Semro) arrested a 19-year-old senior high graduate at Kabayan Relocation in Tibungco, Davao City, for illegal practice of dentistry.
Arrested was one Mark Velasco y Soriano, an ABM track senior high student last year of Aces Polytechnic College of Panabo City, in an entrapment operation requested for by Dr. Carlos T. Capitan II, the chair of the Davao City Dental Chapter (DCDC) Committee on Illegal Practice of Dentistry.
Velasco was installing dental braces on a female poseur patient afternoon of June 19, 2018, when arrested.
Word reached the DCDC about the practice of dentistry by Velasco who is more known as "Kim Auxford" in the illegal dental braces market first week of June 2018.
In the affidavit executed by Dr. Capitan and certified by National Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Mindanao Office Assistant Regional Director Exzel A. Hernandez, Capitan said that upon learning of the illegal practice, he sent a letter to retired Police Chief Insp. Simplicio L. Sagarino of the Anti Scam Unit of the Davao City Mayor's Office to investigate and build up a case against "Kim Oxford".
"That upon arrival at the area, I (Affiant Capitan), personnel of Anti Scam Unit and Operatives of NBI positioned themselves within hte area while posuer patient Vanna Mae Evangelisa and Anti Scam Unit personnel Virgilio Castaneda Jr. y Diaz met subject alias "Kim Auxford" and availed the dental services of the same wherein subject Kim Oxford installed Orthodontic Braces/Bracket on poseur patient Evangelista," the affidavit read.
Among the items seized from Velasco were: dental orthodontic supplies and, instruments like orthodontic ligature ties, orthodontic bracket sets, orthodontic elastics, bonding agents/adhesives, orthodontic niti wires, bracket holder, ortho pliers and cutter, light curing unit, gloves, and mouth mirror.
Illegal practice of dentistry is a violation of the Philippine Dental Act of 2007 (Republic Act 9484). It also places the patients at high risk of infection and dental deformation.