NAGING viral sa social media ang talakan ng aktres na si Pinky Amador at ng ilang empleyado ng tinutuluyan niyong condo-hotel sa Makati – ang Makati Palace Hotel, na naganap few days ago.
Mapapanood sa video na sinisisi ni Pinky ang mga tauhan ng condo-tel sa kapalpakan ng mga ito sa pangangalaga sa kanilang mga tenant ngayong panahon ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Tumanggap kasi ang gusali na kanyang tinutuluyan ng mga OFWs na Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) na ni-repatriate ng pamhaalan para obserbahan ng 14 araw bago pauwiin sa kanilang mga pamilya. Ikinagagalit ni Pinky ang pagkaka-expose umano nilang mga tenant sa mga OFW na PUM na ang iba ay nakakasabay pa sa elevator ng building.
Kasunod ng insidente ay naglabas naman ng official statement si Pinky para ipahayag ang kanyang panig na hindi naiwasang ma-bash dahil sa nangyari.
“Ironically, the very same people who provoked her anger and ignored her pleas were the very same ones who documented the commotion and uploaded it on social media without Pinky’s knowledge, thereby presenting a prejudiced and misinformed account of what really happened,” bahagi ng kanyang official statement.
“Just to give a brief clarificatory overview of her personal statement, Pinky’s outrage was the offshoot of her personal grievance against misinformation, a plea for accountability from her building owners and administrators, and her rightful reaction and defense for the assurance of her own, as well as her fellow homeowners’ and residents’ safety and well-being amid a potentially hazardous health threat, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ibinahagi rin ng aktres sa statement ang kanyang apology letter at ang mga hinaing niya namamahala ng gusali.
“I have uttered harsh words and become very emotional in a video that has been circulating. There is no excuse for that behavior.
“Please understand however, that my emotion was the product of countless minutes of worrying for my safety and that of my neighbors, following up with building administration, and talking to my very emotional neighbors and friends.
“I live in a Condo-Tel, that is a building that has units allotted for residents, and units allotted for hotel guests for a fee. On 04 May 2020, our Condo-tel accepted 59 returning Filipinos without informing us of their being designated as a quarantine facility. Of note is the fact that these returning Filipinos neither had the proper documentation with them upon entry, nor any indication that they were tested, or when their test results were arriving. The residents wouldn’t have known of their arrival, if not for the witnesses who had seen them enter the premises of our Condo-tel.
“The residents were not notified about the designation, not the influx of these returning Filipinos, and that was a cause for alarm not just for me but for all the residents.
“As of 04 May 2020, the administration did not send any notice about the incident, issue any safety Covid19 related protocols, and delayed disseminating any such information to residents, thus risking everyone’s safety in the building.
“I myself encountered two (2) new guests in our elevator. I knew they were guests since they had suitcases with them and were on the way to the 20th floor.
“However, I did not know:
1. who they were,
2. whether they were current long staying guests which were allowed under the IATF issued rules, or
3. whether they were new guests which was not allowed under the IATF issued rules, except if they were Filipinos returning from abroad.
“After that encounter, I have started fearing for my safety in my home, which should not be the case. Since I am not the only resident here, I was not the only one to witness the influx of new guests. Some of my neighbors were very upset, even in tears, when recounting their encounter with new guests in the hotel premises, as some of them take care of elderly parents or grandparents, or have children with them. That is what fueled my ire when that video was taken, since some tenants have been calling me, in tears, with fear for their health, and that of their family members.
“A neighbor posted a video on Facebook of one such encounter which was picked up by the Daily Tribune, a broadsheet, on 06 May 2020. In sum, we were exposed to new guests without any advice from the administration and without any protocols in place to protect the building’s residents.
“We have gone to great lengths to acquire a circular from the administration about the incident, and of accepting returning Filipinos, and their current protocols in place, which we requested May 4, 2020 that they post in a public place so that all persons residing in the building would be notified of the incident, and the designation of the building as a quarantine facility. We requested to post it inside our elevators to inform everyone, so they can step up their own safety protocols for their families. Our simple request was faced with little concern and no sense of urgency by the administration.
“We simply wanted them to be transparent with us about the goings on in the building, and to inform us about any systems they have in place. I cannot count the number of times I have tried to communicate this. My other neighbors also tried to do so, to no avail. That was utterly frustrating.
“This is not just about me, or the other tenants but also for the staff and employees as well. It is troubling to watch them at administration behave as if Covid19 is not a serious matter, or that our lives do not matter.
“Taking a video without my knowledge in a private property, and deliberately ignoring me (so as to inflame me further) with the intention to leak online, is to me, malicious, vengeful and a violation of the anti-wire tapping act.
“Since I have started living in this building, I have made friends with my neighbors who have included me in this building’s community. It is a community which includes the administration and something the administration has neglected, repeatedly. What the administration fails to understand is that their actions have an impact not just on their health, but that of the residents’ too. Being responsible means being responsible for everyone, not just yourself, but also others.
“I am not perfect, far from it. Under these stressful times, when pushed to the limit, how far will you go to protect your loved ones? Sa mga nasaktan ko, I am truly sorry, pero ipinaglaban ko lang ang karapatan natin mabuhay ng ligtas sa sakit,” kabuuan ng official statement ni Pinky.