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Local filmmaker threatens to sue ECRMC for comments made by CEO

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Local filmmaker and co-founder of Meals to Heal, Roy Dorantes, is sending a cease and desist letter to El Centro Regional Medical Center and the City of El Centro for comments Chief Executive Officer Dr. Adolphe Edward made in a press conference regarding Dorantes getting a vaccine.

Dorantes believes Dr. Edward made slanderous remarks as to why Dorantes was able to get a vaccine.

Dorantes said as co-founder of Meals to Heal, a volunteer-led effort that provides meals to quarantined COVID-19 patients, they were offered vaccines that were leftover two weeks ago when they were being administered to hospital staff. "I am a public figure, I make a living by working with different people, I am getting hate messages, people suggesting I got to jail for getting the vaccine," said Dorantes.

Dorantes is looking for a public apology and says he will take legal action if that does not happen.

Dorantes is also demanding a full investigation on whether favoritism occurred with vaccine distributions from the hospital.

 Last week the Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend anyone caught showing favoritism with the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

We reached out to ECRMC but they had no comment on the cease and desist letter and didn't say if they planned on issuing an apology.

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”


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