2022 is starting on a sour note for Berjaya Hotel in Makati, with six of its employees set to face criminal charges for allowing the so-called “Poblacion Girl,” Gwyneth Anne Chua, to skip the mandatory quarantine after arriving from the United States.
In a statement, PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said it will sue Chua, her parents, and six hotel staff for allowing the girl to spend her supposed isolation partying ahead of Christmas.
The CIDG’s investigation showed that Chua’s father fetched her from the hotel shortly after she checked in on December 22, 2021. The next day, she was seen partying in Poblacion – specifically at Kampai Restaurant, where she infected seven of her friends.
Chua only returned to the hotel on December 25 at 9 p.m. with her mother. The next day, her RT-PCR result came back positive.
“CIDG’s investigators concluded that Ms. Chua, being a Returning Filipino Overseas RFO is obliged to follow the health protocol being imposed by IATF & DOH and her action of leaving the quarantine facility and disregarding the quarantine procedure violated Rule XI Section 1 (g) (iii), (iv) of the IRR of R.A. 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act),” police said.
The CIDG, however, said it did not find sufficient evidence to charge any of Chua’s friends who joined her in partying. It even recommended that affected individuals sue her.
Meanwhile, the management of Berjaya Hotel said last week that any erring employee found to have been involved in Chua’s quarantine breach “will be dealt with severely.”