Taxi driver says ‘massage girl’ did not proceed to quarantine facility

Instead of the quarantine facility, a balikbayan woman went straight to a condo unit. According to a taxi driver, she got a massage instead of going directly to the quarantine facility.

In a report by John Consulta on GMA news “24 Oras” on Thursday, it was said that the taxi driver who picked up the returning woman nicknamed “massage girl” submitted a sworn statement.

The woman arrived in the Philippines on the morning of December 22 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

According to the taxi driver, the balikbayan asked to be dropped off in the Taguig condo instead of the hotel for its mandatory quarantine.

The woman allegedly told him to come back in the afternoon to take her to the quarantine facility in Makati. But in the afternoon, the woman reportedly said that she had canceled the booking at the quarantine facility.

According to the lawyer of “massage girl,” his client is ready to take responsibility for what he did. He will also file a counter-affidavit.

The taxi driver says ‘massage girl’ did not proceed to quarantine facility

“My client came from a 13-hour flight she had to wait for two hours for her to be pick up. Siyempre may regulasyon and then may magsasabi sa kaniya hindi ginagawa naman po dito.. ganun ganyan puwede naman po ganyan of course that state your vulnerable you will not know the proper regulation if the people around you is saying okay lang yan ano gagawin mo,” explained Atty. Marvin Aceron, the balikbayan’s lawyer.

“Wala siyang evil intention na ikalat yung sakit na ‘yan or what in fact negative po siya eh,” he added.

However, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the statement of “massage girl” contradicted their evidence.

“Actually, ang hawak po nating ebidensya ay talagang mula nung dumating siya ay wala siyang intensyon mag-quarantine at i-divert ang kaniyang biyahe. Dahil ang sinakyan niya… hindi siya sumakay sa designated transportation na dapat magpahahatid siya,” said Atty. Bernard Dela Cruz, chief of NBI Special Action Unit.

The “massage girl” also allegedly told the taxi driver that she had completed the requirements of the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), and she was exempted from mandatory quarantine.

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