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The DOT is investigating a hotel for allegedly violating quarantine regulations.

Following claims that it enabled a guest from the United States to evade quarantine protocols, a hotel in Metro Manila is being investigated.

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the Secretary of Tourism, did not name the hotel but said the Department of Tourism (DOT) had already issued a notice to explain (NTE) asking the business in question to respond to the claims within three days.

According to a viral social media post, a returning Filipino from the United States departed the hotel for a party in Makati City before completing the required quarantine time.

The DOT is in contact with the relevant authorities, according to Romulo-Puyat, to verify the reports.

Individuals who break quarantine rules could face fines and imprisonment, she said.

“Failure to comply with the DOT’s, Department of Health’s, or Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) health and safety protocols may result in criminal penalties such as fines and/or imprisonment, as well as administrative penalties such as suspension or revocation of accreditation, depending on the gravity of the offense,” she said.

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