By Filane Mikee Cervantes and Lade Jean Kabagani

December 31, 2021, 5:14 p.m.
Updated December 31, 2021 at 7:05 p.m.

MANILA – Malacañang assured Friday that quarantine protocol violations will be followed up while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesman Karlo Nograles made the statement amid reports that a Filipina returning from the United States violate quarantine protocols and tested positive for 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) days after she was seen in a Makati City bar on December 23rd.

“We won’t hesitate to prosecute those who break the law. Prosecute Talagang po – namin ‘yan (We would definitely prosecute her). Hindi natin tatantanan ‘yan (We will not let this slip. ”Said Nograles in his last press conference at the palace for 2021.

Nograles emphasized the need for the public to follow the health protocols for“ the protection and safety of all ” , and stated that the quarantine violators would not go unpunished.

“Anyone who breaks the law will catch up with you. Huwag ninyo subukan (don’t even try), please,” said Nograles.

Nograles said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police is one of the agencies conducting the “necessary investigation and investigation”.

He reminded that it is the responsibility of everyone, be it international travelers or travelers the implementing quarantine facilities to ensure that the health measures are not violated.

“All possible sanctions, violation of the law on reportable crime incidents, [every] violation of the prescribed dun sa mga agreements natin sa (in our agreements with the) quarantine facilities, isolation facilities. Mai pinirmahan naman ang mga ‘yan at alam naman po nila kung ano’ yung mga (they signed it and know the possible) sanctions they may face, “he said.

Eduardo Año, Secretary of the Interior Ministry and the local government previously said the perpetrator may have passed the virus on to around 15 people.

She was identified as Gwyneth Anne Chua in the show-cause arrangement made by the DOT-National Capital Region Officer-in-Charge Sharlene Batin at the Berjaya Makati Hotel on Makati Avenue in Barangay Poblacion.

Netizens call Chua “Poblacion Girl” and “Omicron Girl”, although most posts describe them as selfish, irresponsible and self-centered.

Tourism Minister Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a radio interview on Thursday that the hotel was initially set up for the girl, saying she was isolated the entire time, but the agency received evidence from Chua’s fellow celebrants who said she was They thought they were with her.

Although the Palace has given the Department of Justice (DOJ) a free hand in filing cases, Minister Menardo Guevarra said they would leave the matter to law enforcement and the courts first if necessary. (PNA)

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Ref: https://www.pna.gov.ph