DOT probes another traveler who breached quarantine after arriving in PH from the US

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) — The Department of Tourism has identified another traveler from the United States who breached quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Monday, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said the female traveler "never checked in a hotel" and headed straight to her condominium, where she even managed to avail of a home massage service.

Puyat said the traveler even proudly showed via Instagram Story how she managed to skip quarantine.

"She was also from the States. She did not check in a hotel," Puyat said. "I don't know why she even posted it, proud na proud pa...she showed a picture that she just arrived, then she showed a picture of her condo, that night she showed na nagpapamasahe na siya in her condo."

[Translation: She was so proud...she even showed a picture that she just arrived, then she showed a picture of her condo, that night, she showed that she was already getting a massage in her condo.]

Puyat said they were able to get the name, the mobile number, and the residence of the traveler, who then admitted that she violated the protocol.

She added they were able to validate the information through a sworn affidavit of a person who knows the traveler.

"In fact, the person who gave us the name even had a sworn affidavit," she said. "Hindi talaga nagquarantine and nahuli na rin."

[Translation: The person really did not quarantine and she was taken into custody.]

Puyat added that authorities, including the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of Interior and Local Government, are already investigating the matter. She did not disclose further details about the unnamed traveler, including her date of arrival.

This issue comes days after a hotel in Makati City recently failed to keep a coronavirus-infected guest in quarantine amid rising COVID-19 cases in the country. The guest, now dubbed as "Poblacion Girl," managed to go to the city's Poblacion area and even attended parties, where she eventually infected other companions.

READ: Makati hotel apologizes for quarantine breach

The DOT is expecting to get an explanation from the hotel before deciding on whether to penalize the establishment or suspend its accreditation.