Robredo: Penalize hotels found violating quarantine protocols

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said hotels found violating quarantine protocols must be penalized.

In her weekly radio show, Robredo said quarantine hotels should be responsible as they were accredited by the Department of Tourism.

“So ang tanong ko, bakit siya nangyayari? Kapag nangyari, kailangan talaga i-penalize yung hotel,” she said. “The mere fact na ina-accredit kayo ng DOT, partner kayo ng pamahalaan to make sure ‘yung naka-quarantine sa inyo ay hindi lalabas sa inyo until hindi sila nagkaroon ng negative RT-PCR test.”

[Translation: My question is, why did it happen? The hotel should really be penalized. The mere fact that the DOT accredited your establishment, it means that you are the government’s partner to make sure that everyone who is quarantined in the facility will not be able to go out until they have a negative RT-PCR test result.]

Robredo added that there should be a standard policy among hotels in handling returning Filipinos.

“Kaya tayo may quarantine protocols, kasi gusto natin ma-contain. Kaya dapat sinusunod ito. Hindi ko lang maintindihan, bakit nalulusutan?” she said.

[Translation: We have quarantine protocols because we want to contain the spread of the virus. That’s why we should follow these. But I still don’t understand why some escaped?]

Last week, charges were filed against two returning Filipinos from the United States who skipped the mandatory quarantine.

The Makati City government shut down the Berjaya Makati Hotel for alleged quarantine protocol breach involving one of the two returning Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the deployment of at least two policemen in every quarantine hotels following reports of quarantine breach.