The Department of Tourism on Monday disclosed another case of quarantine breach involving a woman who arrived from the U.S. and went straight to her condo unit without undergoing hotel quarantine.
The second violation was reported to the DOT as it was investigating the case of a woman who broke quarantine to party in Makati's hip Poblacion district days before she tested positive for COVID-19, said tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
According to Romulo-Puyat, the second woman, whose name she did not mention, was tipped to the DOT by a person who signed a sworn affidavit to attest to the incident. The DOT verified the report and eventually found out that it was true, she said.
"She didn't even check in a hotel, she just said that she checked in this hotel but it showed that she never even checked in a hotel, dumiretso sa condo niya," Romulo-Puyat told CNN Philippines.
"She showed the picture that she just arrived, then she showed a picture of her condo, and that night she showed na nagpapamasahe na siya in her condo. Proud na proud pa siya na she skipped quarantine," she added.
Romulo-Puyat said the woman herself admitted that she skipped quarantine. She is now under the custody of authorities.
The tourism chief also asked the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to take charge of the case.
Earlier, the DOT identified the name of the first woman who broke quarantine protocols as Gwyneth Anne Chua in its letter asking the hotel where she stayed in to explain the incident.
Romulo-Puyat said Berjaya Hotel has yet to reply to their notice to explain. On Saturday, the hotel's management confirmed that Chua checked in to its facility and apologized for failing to stop her from breaking her quarantine.
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