- Raymond Gutierrez’s celebration of his 37th birthday at La Picara in Taguig City received backlash
- Netizens accused Raymond and the birthday guests of violating COVID-19 safety protocols
- Taguig Representative Lani Cayetano stated that she supports the restaurant’s closure
- Cong. Lani also urged influencers to be more responsible and to set a good example
- Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano also supported the temporary closure of the restaurant
Raymond Gutierrez’s celebration of his 37th birthday at the Spanish restaurant La Picara in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City has become controversial.
KAMI learned that netizens accused Raymond and the birthday guests of violating COVID-19 safety protocols by not wearing masks, face shields and by not practicing social distancing.
For this reason, Taguig City officials ordered the closure of the said restaurant after the party was held there.
Taguig Congresswoman Lani Cayetano released a statement about the closure, saying that she supports the shutdown for the sake of protecting public health.
She also urged influencers to be more responsible and to set a good example to their followers.
As for the argument that the birthday celebrant and his guests tested negative for COVID-19, Cong. Lani said that testing negative for COVID-19 is not an excuse to violate the protocols since those who tested negative might get infected hours or days after the test was conducted.
There is also a possibility that some of the guests were already infected at the time they were tested but the results were negative because the virus was still in its incubation period, according to the congresswoman.
Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano also supported the temporary closure of the restaurant after Raymond’s party was held there.
Raymond Gutierrez is a TV host, influencer, endorser and entrepreneur in the Philippines. He is the twin brother of actor Richard Gutierrez and a brother of actress Ruffa Gutierrez. His parents are Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama.
The social media star went viral years ago after showing off his drastic physical transformation. Raymond went on a diet and worked out hard regularly to lose fat and build muscle.
His sister, Ruffa Gutierrez, also trended online due to her vacation photos. Ruffa went to Boracay with Raymond and Bubbles Paraiso. According to Ruffa, she is "happy to be away from it all" after spending months working hard in the showbiz industry.
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