A governance watchdog group has asked the ethics committee of the House of Representatives to investigate Ang Mata party-list Rep. Tricia Catera for allegedly having herself injected with glutathione inside her office at Batasan.
Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment chairperson Bency Ellorin called Catera’s activity “highly unethical” because she conducts it during “official time, when she should be in the performance of official functions.”
“One’s office cannot be considered a medical clinic. We do not want to even consider the dire consequences if something untoward happens to Rep. Catera in the very premises of the House of Representatives due to such unregulated practice of medicine,” Ellorin said in a letter addressed to committee chair Agri party-list Rep. Delphine Gan-Lee dated October 3.
The group said the panel should look into a certain Dr. Bryan Buenaventura, who allegedly administers glutathione to Catera inside her office at the House.
Ellorin said there are reports that Catera has been using products that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to lighten her skin. He said more is expected of the lawmaker since she represents the health sector and is the vice chaire of the House committee on health.
Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment attached photos of Catera allegedly having her glutathione drip sessions to the letter addressed to Lee.
The matter was taken up during the Ethics panel’s special meeting on Wednesday (October 3), which was held behind closed doors.