Pinky Amador apologizes for berating condo-tel staff as shown on video
MANILA, Philippines — Actress-singer Pinky Amador apologized on Sunday after a video circulated on social media showing her berating and cursing staff members of the condo-tel where she is residing.
In a statement released by Amador’s talent management ALV Talent Circuit, Inc., the actress said that, while she apologized for her behavior, her 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.”
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A six-minute video that has gone viral shows a visibly angry Amador cursing at a staff member of the condo-tel.
In defense, Amador said the condo-tel management did not inform her and her neighbors that their building had become a quarantine facility for returning Filipinos who were awaiting their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test results and that management had taken in 59 repatriated Filipinos in their building.
“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,” Amador said. “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.”
Amador also said that she herself encountered two guests in the condo-tel elevator and that encounter made her fear for her safety.
“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,” she added.
Amador said that the lack of information from condo-tel management “fueled her ire” when the video was taken.
“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,” she said.
However, the request that she and her neighbors made was faced with “little concern and no sense of urgency” by condo-tel management, the actress said.
“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,” she said.
The actress also cried foul over the video, which she said, was taken without her knowledge.
“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,” she said.
Amador then said that what the condo-tel administration failed to understand was “that their actions have an impact not just on their health, but that of the residents’ too.”
“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,” she ended her statement.
[To those that I have hurt, I am truly sorry, but I will fight for my right to live safely from the disease.]
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