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NBI to investigate Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto; celebrities, netizens ask about actions regarding Koko Pimentel

NBI summoned Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto for supposedly violating a section of the Bayanihan Heal as One Act.

  • Netizens and celebrities were horrified by the decision of the NBI.
  • The NBI added that they will also summon Senator Koko Pimentel for possible breach of protocols of his quarantine.

On April 1, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced that it had summoned Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for his alleged violation of new law granting President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to deal with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The NBI stated that the young mayor supposedly disobeyed national government policies related to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine imposed by President Duterte.

It can be remembered that Sotto urged the national government to allow tricycles in the streets, saying that their absence would have consequences on public health.

The mayor will be investigated for violating Section 6A of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act where it penalizes “LGU officials disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines.”

NBI added that Sotto will be given an opportunity to explain and defend himself as to why he should not be charged for allegedly allowing tricycles despite the transportation ban.

In a televised media briefing, Sotto confirmed receiving a letter from NBI and shared that it did not specify the violation he supposedly committed.

“Nakasulat lang, in parentheses pa, ibig sabihin ng e.g. di ba, halimbawa, example, e.g. continuous tricycle operation,” Sotto said.

“In the first place hindi totoo yun, noong sinabi nilang tigil tumigil kami.”

Celebrities and Netizens alike were horrified by NBI’s decision to investigate Sotto. Kapamilya star Janella Salvador reminded everyone to “vote wisely next time”.

DJ Chacha was in disbelief regarding the decisions of the government.

Karla Estrada questioned as to why they are targeting those who are sincere and passionate about serving the people instead of those who should be really held accountable for their actions.

Anne Curtis, Maris Racal, Bela Padilla, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Bianca Gonzalez are just a few of those who tweeted about Vico Sotto.

This sparked questions from netizens as to why the government has yet to act regarding Senator Koko Pimentel who violated the quarantine guidelines by accompanying his wife to the hospital and failing to disclose that he was a COVID-19 PUI at that time. He later admitted to having the disease.

NBI OIC Eric Distor then added that they will also invite Pimentel to explain himself after his quarantine for “possible violations of quarantine protocols”.

Written by J M

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