Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan’s Berjaya Makati Hotel is in hot water for allegedly giving a certain Gwyneth Chua a free pass from mandatory quarantine despite testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving from the United States.
In a statement, the Department of Tourism said it is validating reports about an individual who was allowed to leave a quarantine hotel before finishing the prescribed quarantine period.
“The hotel in question is currently being investigated and has been served a Notice to Explain (NTE), directing the establishment to submit its response to the allegations within three days,” said the DOT, which did not identify the hotel or individual.
A Babbler, however, said the Berjaya Hotel in Makati Avenue is the hotel being investigated by the DOT.
The Babbler said “Gwyneth Chua” started her quarantine in Berjaya on December 22 and tested positive on December 27.
The management of Berjaya Hotel has denied breaking quarantine protocols, the Babbler added.
DOT has warned that failure to comply with its health and safety protocols, as well as that of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) may lead to criminal penalties of fines and/or imprisonment, and administrative penalties such as suspension or revocation of accreditation depending on the gravity of the offense.
“Gwyneth Chua” has become a trending topic on Twitter after the supposed quarantine breach.
Tourism Congress of the Philippines President Jojo Clemente: If found to be in violation of quarantine rules, both the hotel and the passenger must be held accountable. This is very irresponsible and must be closely watched.
— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) December 30, 2021