The Berjaya Hotel in Makati went on offensive mode as it questioned the city government’s shutdown of the establishment over an infamous guest’s quarantine breach.
In a statement Thursday (January 6), the hotel owned by Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan said the city hall’s closure order “is without legal basis.”
The hotel said it should not have been shut down since it can still appeal the Department of Tourism’s suspension of its accreditation, which the Makati city government used as basis for the closure order.
The DOT revoked the hotel’s accreditation for allowing Gwyneth Anne Chua leave hotel promises during her prescribed five-day isolation period upon returning from the United States.
“Secondly, there is no law that penalizes a hotel for not reporting a guest who jumps quarantine. There is nothing in R.A. 13322 that is applicable to the hotel,” it added. “Thirdly, we must be accorded due process and be allowed to explain before any penalty is imposed. We have not been given our day in court by the Makati City Hall.”
Berjaya Hotel also stressed its supposed importance and likened itself to a hospital.
“On the operations level, if we close down the hotel immediately, where do we send the 150 or so quarantine guests we have at the moment?,” it said.
Berjaya Hotel called its shutdown a “regulatory posturing,” saying that its operations serve a “strategic purpose” amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases.