NBI not singling out Vico Sotto

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday clarified that it wasn't singling out Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto when government agents summoned him over alleged violation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

In a press statement, NBI Director Eric Distor disclosed that formal 'invitations' were likewise sent to two other barangay chairpersons in the National Capital Region.

Distor said Barangay Chairman Emiliano Ramos of Barangay Talon Uno of Las Pinas City, and Barangay Chairman Rodolfo Palma of Barangay Pag-Asa Quezon City were also told to explain why they should not be charged with violation of RA 11469.

They were given until April 7, 2020 to submit their written explanation, Distor said.

He added that local government officials in Masbate and Cebu City are also being invited by the NBI for possible violation of the ECQ law.

The NBI vowed that it will not spare any LGU officials from their investigation and filing of charges if evidence would warrant such action.

Distor emphasized that aside from this, the NBI continues to conduct a series of operations against individuals and groups who are involved in hoarding, profiteering and overpricing of medical supplies such as face masks, alcohol and thermal scanners and against those who were issued Subpoena by the NBI Cyber Crime Division with regards to Fake News investigations.