According to the DOT, the hotel acted in “gross and evident bad faith” when it accepted staycations despite being an isolation facility for essential workers and returning overseas Filipinos.
“Upon investigation, the CGGH was found to have misrepresented itself to the public as being allowed to accommodate guests for leisure or staycation purposes despite being a quarantine facility,” the DOT said in a statement.
While the probe was triggered by the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera at CGGH’s premises, the DOT found that the hotel had long been violating quarantine guidelines, prompting the agency revoke the hotel’s authority to operate and to impose a fine of P10,000.
“The pieces of evidence showed that even prior to the incident and until now, the CGGH is marketing packages to accept leisure guests and never indicated that it is a quarantine hotel,” the DOT said.
Dacera was found lifeless in the bathtub of the hotel after a party with friends.
“The DOT hereby warns all accredited accommodation establishments to confine their operations to the authority given them, limited to just one per given time,” the DOT said.