Details: Following flight attendant Christine Dacera’s death in their premises, the Department of Tourism last week meted out a six-month suspension to City Garden Grand Hotel, a fine of P10,000 and a revocation of its certification to operate.
The hotel, according to a statement by the department, “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 hotel may however, appeal within a prescribed period to reverse this decision.
The DOT also reminded establishments serving as quarantine facilities that they are not allowed to offer rooms for leisure purposes.
Last Jan. 5, the tourism department produced a show-cause order against the hotel to provide a written response as to why its DOT accreditation should not be revoked.
Christine Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of a room she rented in the hotel on New Year’s Day. The family insisted she was sexually abused the night prior.
The Makati police believed there was ‘foul play’, which led them to arrest 11 of Dacera’s companions at the time of death, based on a provisional charge of rape with homicide. The Makati prosecutor’s office however, sent the case back to the police for further investigation.