NBI summons Vico Sotto

April 02, 2020

THE National Bureau of Investigation has required Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to explain why he should not be charged for violating the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act when he allowed tricycles to operate despite a transportation ban.

NBI Deputy Director and concurrent spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin confirmed this development in a message to reporters.

Sotto was asked to appear at the NBI main office in Manila on April 7 at 10 am, Lavin continued.

Sotto earlier said he would allow tricycles to continue operating within Pasig for health workers and emergencies.

“Iniisip ko kung ano ang mangyayari sa atin kung pipigilan ang pagbiyahe ng tricycle sa Pasig. May libreng sakay tayo pero ‘di nito kakayanin ang libo-libong health worker at pasyente,” he said.

Mass public transportation was shut down as part of the enhanced community quarantine of Luzon that will last until April 13.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases maintained that tricycles will not be allowed to ply roads during the Luzon-wide quarantine because social distancing is difficult to enforce inside.

“Concerned talaga ang gobyerno dito sa paggamit ng tricycle dahil hindi namin lubos na makita or maintindihan paano mag-social distancing sa tricycle,” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

He insisted that local government units can make use of other vehicles, whether government-owned or borrowed from citizens, to transport frontline workers.

Recently, President Duterte ordered the NBI to go after local government officials violating quarantine guidelines.

In his report to Congress, Duterte said :" The NBI is investigating and filing charges against local government officials who willfully disregard, contravene, or violate national guidelines on community quarantine set by the IATF-EID [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases].