The Department of Tourism-National Capital Region (DOT-NCR) had earlier said that they had summoned hotel management to explain why they received leisure bookings even though it was not an accredited ‘staycation’ facility.
According to the DOT-NCR, the hotel is only for those undergoing quarantine.
The hotel allegedly insisted that those involved in the incident were included in the list of guests they could accommodate, according to DOT regional director Woodrow Maquiling.
“They claim that those persons involved inside their properties are in the permitted list of guests that they can actually accept. There are a number of airline companies, foreign carriers, na pagdating sa Manila they check in near the airport,” said Maquiling.
“We will look into that aspect as well. We have to establish the booking dates. The pronouncements of the persons involved would run contrary to their reply,” he added.
Dacera’s four friends who were involved in the case earlier mentioned how they were able to book a room at City Garden Grand Hotel.
City Garden Grand Hotel insists it did not violate quarantine protocols
The DOT reminded that even if flight attendants can check-in at the hotel as a frontliner, they still have to follow the rules.
They also said they could not invite guests in the room or have a party.
“We have to establish the booking dates, the history of the booking because it appears so that this particular booking was made for this particular purpose which is the New Year’s Eve celebration of the group and this is also manifested and corroborated by the persons involved,” said Maquiling.
The DOT-NCR will try to issue a resolution next week. The City Garden Grand Hotel could face a 6-month suspension.
The Makati local government has also filed two show-cause orders against the hotel.
“Masasara po sila kasi ang requirement naman po under ng pagbibigay ng mayor’s permit is you’re operating, following the general rules of law. Kung may violations dito puwede po natin sila ipasara indefinitely until they comply,” said Michael Arthur Camiña, spokesperson of Makati City.