By Charmaine Delos Santos

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Makati City Mayor Abby Binay-Campos announced on Tuesday that Gwyneth Anne Chua should be accountable for infecting individuals and establishments with Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Moreover, Binay said that the local government unit (LGU) will file complaints against Berjaya Hotel for letting Chua leave the quarantine facility to attend a party at Poblacion, Makati.

In an ANC interview, Binay stated that there are some chances that they can suspend the hotel’s permit, and the Department of Tourism (DOT) can also come up with their recommendations. However, Berjaya Hotel is under investigation.

“The city is more focused on the number of patients that got infected. I mean that’s really more of our concern rather than, you know, the prosecution can come after. It’s not going to go anywhere. It’s not like it’s our immediate concern,” Binay explained.

"It is a solicited advice to all those affected because of her, the businesses affected because of her, I suggest you file a civil case for damages," she added.

Binay said that the bars at Poblacion were not allowed to open for the last two years because of COVID-19 and were re-opened because Makati City was placed under Alert Level 2. ‘Poblacion Girl’ infected 2 bar employees causing them to close and disinfect the establishments.

“CIDG will be filing cases against nine persons, including Ms. Chua, her father and mother, and several personnel of the hotel (quarantine facility),” Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mon Sawan said.

“As for the individuals who were in the company of Gwyneth Anne Chua on the night of December 23, 2021, and were allegedly infected by the virus, CIDG did not find sufficient evidence to charge them with any offense in relation to the violations committed by Ms. Chua,” the CIDG stated.