After the birthday party he organized in Baguio City drew criticisms, social media personality Tim Yap clarified that the said event followed protocols set by the local government unit.
The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region announced it has launched an investigation regarding the said party after videos and photos of the event, which was held at The Manor at Camp John Hay on January 17, circulated on social media.
"I wanted to assure the public that we really followed all the LGU protocols bago kami umakyat ng Baguio. Alam po natin na ang Baguio is napaka-strict sa kanilang protocols and they will not allow anyone na umakyat ng Baguio na positive,” he said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
Tim stressed that those who attended his party all tested negative for COVID-19.
"Talagang siniguro namin, we ensured that our protocols were in placed and ito 'yung mga kasama ko, mga bisita ko, mga kaibigan ko, we all tested negative," he said.
He also explained why some of the guests were seen not wearing face masks while they were dancing in the clips that circulated online.
“Dahil nga dinner, buffet, kakain na sila so tinanggal nila maskara nila. Pagkatapos noon, pumasok ‘yung mga dancers na mag-community dancing, so hindi nila nasuot mask nila. Sumayaw sila doon kaya ‘yun ang nakikita natin sa social media na kumakalat,” he said.
According to Tim, he organized the event to promote local tourism in Baguio.
“Ang pakay po noon is to promote Baguio as a destination, local tourism. For the past few months, I’m discovering and rediscovering iba’t ibang parte ng Pilipinas na sana ma-discover ng ating mga kababayan,” he shared.
“It was really a gathering to promote local tourism, crafts of Baguio, [its] arts and culture… Ang talagang goal namin, ang aim namin is to help restart the economy, reopen the economy at ma-promote ang local tourism," he added.
Tim remarked that it was never his intention to offend anyone. "I would never do anything na makaka-endanger kahit sinuman. And siyempre… pag lahat kayo negative, you feel safe with each other. Siguro nagkulang ako na paalalahanin na magsuot ng mask dahil may lumabas na mga letrato at ng mga videos na walang mask. Again, I would never endanger anyone.
“We are all responsible citizens of this country and all we want to do is to really help restart the economy. We opened the economy and to push for local tourism,” he remarked.