THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
MANAGER OF Pinky Amador and the actress herself has something to say about the incident where the latter was involved.
“Last Friday, June 5, my resident artist, the talented and multi-awarded theater, TV and movie actress Pinky Amador figured in a viral video that showed her in a fit of rage and emotional outburst.
“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.
“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.
“Here’s her statement in full:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF MS. PINKY AMADOR RE: VIRAL VIDEO
“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. Here is a link to the article on the Daily Tribute: https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2020/05/06/makati-hotel-takes-in-ofws-alarms-residents/, 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.”
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
Learn from this!
FROM another ALV Resident Artist Aiko Melendez, thoughts about the present situation gave her so many insights she wants to inspire in us.
“Alam nyo kng ano ang mas natutunan ko sa mga panahong ito? Eto ung Humility.
“Na sa mga panahon na ito. Lahat tayo pantay pantay. Wala mas mataas, sino mas sikat sino mas nagawa o nagagawa. Lahat tayo hinaharap ang pandemic na ito na wala kasiguruhan kelan ba matatapos ito.
“Araw araw nag aantay tayo ng panibagong pag asa kng meron na ba vaccine? Meron na ba nahanap na solusyon? Ang iba sa atin natuto sumabak sa ibat ibang klaseng negosyo just to get by…
“Ang iba naman sa atin naging active sa Facebook sa pamumuna ng kng ano ano. Habang ako minsan natutuwa, minsan naiinis. Pero kadalasan me kaba pero kapag naalala ko lahat ng nababasa ko sa Bible nawawala lahat ng kaba ko.
“All my worries, anxieties tanggal lahat. Kasi at this point There is no one above us but God! He is the only one who can make this all stop and make us all come back to where we were before. Siya lang talaga eh. My Faith has never been this stronger. Cguro if there is one thing i’m Thankful for to this pandemic, is he brought me closer to God.
“And im grateful each day with no complains, just gratitude that my love ones, my friends are all safe.
“And that should be more than enough for me to be happy. With all the uncertainties happening now. Why not try to enjoy the simplicity of life now. Yes there is fear, But with Fear that is not GOD. Because GOD is LOVE. Sa panahon ngayon di na mahalaga ang yaman sa mundo ang importante kng ano ang laman ng puso mo at kng gaano to kabuti…
“Stay safe wala lang just sharing… Thank You LORD ”
Something to ponder on. (30)