Malacañang on Friday said the government would prosecute the woman who skipped mandatory quarantine and partied in Poblacion, Makati, and later found Covid-19 positive.

In a virtual presser, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said authorities had started investigating the case of the woman and “would not hesitate to prosecute those who are violating the law.”

“At talagang ipo-prosecute namin iyan. Hindi natin tatantanan iyan,” Nograles said.

“This is a public health emergency. You cannot just let this go…importante talaga that everybody follows the law and the laws are there for everyone’s protection and safety,” he added.

The Filipina quarantine skipper, Gwyneth Anne Chua, came from the United States. She was supposed to undergo quarantine at the Berjaya Hotel Makati, but was able to go out and party even before her swab test result was released.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Chua’s case could be an “opportune time” to test the applicability of Republic Act 11332, or the law on reporting communicable diseases, judicially.

“Assuming that reports about the incident are factually correct, and without meaning to prejudge the case, there could have been a major violation of ordinances requiring strict observance, under pain of penalties, of quarantine regulations for international travelers, not only on the part of the person concerned but also of those who might have knowingly cooperated with her in committing such violation,” Guevarra said.

Chua is believed to have infected at least 15 others. John Ezekiel J. Hirro