September 5, 2022 - The court finds the accused Gwyneth Anne L Chua GUILTY beyond reasonable doubt for violation of Sec 9 (d) of RA 11332 or the Non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern and imposed a fine of Php20,000.00.

The order of guilty was issued by Hon Maureen L Rubio-Marquez, Presiding Judge of Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 128, Makati City following the voluntary plea of guilt by the accused during the arraignment at 9:00 AM, today.

In the separate criminal case against SG Esteban Gatbonton (Security guard of Berjaya Hotel) a Pre-Trial Conference was held and the Omnibus Motion to Quash Information and to Quash the CCTV Recordings filed by his counsel was denied for Lack of Merit.

Gwyneth Chua was a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) from the United States who violated the quarantine protocols after “escaping” from hotel confinement and had seen dining with several acquaintances at Kampai Bar and Mijo Comfort Food in Makati City.

The complaint was filed by CIDG RFU NCR on January 4, 2022, after completing their investigation and establishing probable cause to file the complaint.

CIDG Director, PBGen Ronald O Lee commended the CIDG NCR for their accomplishment which has proven that together with the judiciary, justice is and will always be served and offenders will be punished and will be held accountable.

“Ikinagagalak po natin ang paglabas ng desisyon ng korte sa kasong kinasangkutan ni Gwyneth Chua. This proves the strong partnership and commitment of our law enforcement agencies and our courts in keeping justice, law and order for everyone. Gayun din ay patuloy ang ating panawagan sa publiko sa pagsunod sa ipinapatupad na panuntunan sa kalusugan at kaligtasan ngayong panahon ng pandemik at handa ang tanggapan ng CIDG na papanagutin ang sinumang sasalungat dito," says CIDG Chief.