Sotto: DILG not DOJ has jurisdiction over erring local execs

SENATE President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Thursday reminded the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and not the Department of Justice (DOJ) has jurisdiction over local government officials accused of violating the law.

Sotto's statement came after the National Bureau of Investigation, an agency under the DOJ, asked his nephew, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to explain an alleged violation to coronavirus quarantine rules.

"If a local official has violated any law, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is the department that has jurisdiction over him. Not the Department of Justice (DOJ)!" Sen. Sotto said.

"Kung hindi rin lang napag-aralan mabuti, iwas muna sa press release at nakakaabala lang sa dapat focus on fighting the scourge of the world, COVID-19," he added.

Meanwhile, the Senate Leader said his Senate colleague who was also summoned by the NBI, Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, could be a "different" case.

Pimentel was asked to explain why he accompanied his pregnant wife to the Makati Medical Center despite experiencing some COVID-19 symptoms, violating quarantine procedures. He later tested positive.