Youtuber Mika Salamanca arrested in Hawaii, violates mandated 14-day quarantine

Internet influencer Mika Salamanca has been arrested in Hawaii after violating the 14-day quarantine rule on Friday, July 24.

According to Honolulu news station KITV4 ABC Island News, Salamanca arrived in the Honolulu on July 6.

Four days later, the Hawaii Tourism Authority discovered that the 20-year-old Filipina was out in public.

Among the evidence presented to Hawaii Attorney General’s Office are videos of Salamanca dancing and dining out.

The YouTuber’s arrest came out two days after she aired her side through her vlog.

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“Inaamin ko po na nagkamali ako noong time na dumating ako dito sa Hawaii at agad po kaming lumabas,” Salamanca said as she explained that this has been settled already.

She said that people reported and files complaints against her which prompted authorities to visit the place where she was staying for quarantine.

“Sila po mismo nagsabi sakin na, ‘You’re not in trouble. If you’re negative, you can go out’,” the influencer added.

Mika and her companions tested negative for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). She also said that her quarantine has been lifted already on July 20.

“Kung meron po talaga akong nilabag, feeling ko dapat ngayon nasa presinto na ako. Pero lahat ng law enforcers na nakausap namin sinabi na we’re not in trouble and we’re good,” she emphasized.

On the other hand, Attorney General Clare E. Connors stated that none of their investigators would convey that going out during quarantine period is allowed if a person is negative with the pandemic, as it is incorrect.

“The fact that Ms. Salamanca has so many followers makes her actions that much more dangerous and concerning. The spread of misinformation can have very severe consequences during an emergency situation like we are in now,” Connors added.

Reports also showed that Salamanca’s relatives has posted a bail of $2,000.

The YouTuber is the 24th person on O’ahu arrested by the Department of the Attorney General for violating the self-quarantine order for travelers.

Photo: Mica Salamanca facebook page

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