Vico Sotto Summoned By NBI For Alleged Quarantine Protocol Violation

NBI summoned Vico Sotto due to this alleged violation

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto was summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleged quarantine protocol violation.

The young mayor, amid the community quarantine, faces a new issue not concerning the needs of his constituents as the country fights against the new coronavirus.

Vico Sotto
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Based on the report from GMA News Online, the anti-graft division of NBI sent Sotto a letter inviting him to appear at the bureau’s main office in Manila this coming April 7. NBI Deputy Director and spokesman Ferdinand Lavin confirmed this information.

When asked about the violation of the Pasig City Mayor, Lavin said, “For LGU officials for disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.”

Initially, Lavin was not privy to the investigation details and the specific details regarding the alleged violation were not revealed. However, based on the report, the young mayor stated that summon was about the “continuous tricycle operation” in Pasig City.

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“We complied with all directives. Hindi po illegal magbigay ng opinion. Alam kaya nila na March 24 naging batas ang Bayanihan Act?” Sotto said as his reaction when he was asked to explain regarding this issue.

Based on the report, the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act is the prohibited act under the newly-signed law. This allows President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise additional powers when it comes to combatting the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Violations of these prohibited acts are punishable by two (2) months of imprisonment and/or a fine of P10,000 to P1 million. Furthermore, violators may be perpetually or temporarily disqualified from office.

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