Following claims that it enabled a guest from the United States to evade quarantine protocols,…
A quarantine skipper infected with Covid partied in Makati, according to DOT.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) confirmed on Thursday that a Filipina who returned from the United States in December violated quarantine regulations and tested positive for coronavirus illness 2019. (Covid-19).
The woman was observed in a bar in Poblacion, Makati City, where she partied the day after she landed in the country, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a radio interview.
“At all, hindi siya nag-quarantine… On the fifth day, may modus na babayaran lang, tapos magpapakita sila para mag-swab… The individual was not quarantined at all the next day, aba umikot na ng Poblacion (The person was not quarantined at all the next day… There’s a deal where they’ll merely pay and come up for swabbing on the fifth day… When this individual came, she had already gone to Poblacion the next day) “According to Romulo-Puyat.
The quarantine facility, Berjaya Makati Hotel, first claimed the girl was in isolation the entire time, but the DOT said it obtained information from the woman’s fellow partygoers proving she was with them.
The girl later acknowledged skipping quarantine, according to Romulo-Puyat.
“Ginawa ng mga kasama niya, nagpakita ng signed affidavit, mga photographs, TikTok vids nandoon nga,” Romulo-Puyat explained.
“Ang malas naman, nag-positive siya on the fifth day at ‘yong mga nakasama niya nag-positive rin,” she said.
The hotel was given three days to properly explain their side, according to Romulo-Puyat, in the interest of due process.
“Sinabi nila na nandoon raw ‘yong tao, wala naman. Nagsinungaling na sila sa amin noong una, sinabi nila na nandoon raw ‘yong tao, wala naman. We even have surveillance footage (films) proving that the guy was in Poblacion… We’ll wait for their response “she stated
Accomplices may also be charged.
Menardo Guevarra, the Secretary of the Department of Justice, stated that the issue will be left to law enforcement and the courts, if necessary.
He said individuals who helped the girl, who was from Los Angeles, California, get around the law might be held accountable as well.
“Assuming that reports about the incident are factually correct, and without wishing to prejudge the case, there could have been a major violation of ordinances requiring strict observance, under penalty of perjury, of quarantine regulations for international travelers, not only on the part of the person concerned but also on the part of those who might have knowingly cooperated with her in committing such violation,” Guevarra told reporters via text message.
“The application of RA (Republic Act) 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act) to infractions of this nature has not been established in court,” he noted.
Eduardo Ao, Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), stated the woman may have infected “approximately 15 persons with the coronavirus sickness” in a radio interview (Covid-19).
“The issue is that her dinner and bar companions tested positive as well. About 15 people were reported to be positive. We’ll have to double-check it,” Ao added.
Many guests at Chua’s party were Covid-19 positive, while others showed signs of the virus, according to the DILG chief.
“We still don’t know if it’s Omicron because her genome sequencing result has yet to be disclosed,” he explained.
The woman should be held accountable for violating the government’s obligatory health regulations, according to Ao.
Chua is currently being held in a quarantine facility at another hotel.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said the matter has been assigned to appropriate police units.
“I have instructed the DIDM (Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management), CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group), NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office), and HS (Health Service) to investigate the case and file appropriate criminal charges against anyone who will be found violating, based on the instructions of SILG (Secretary of the Interior and Local Government) Ao and CabSec (Cabinet Secretary Karlo) Nograles. In addition, the PNP, which is responsible for public safety, will make rounds, examine, and account for people who are quarantined in designated hotels-quarantine facilities (QFs) “Carlos said.