Vico Sotto: I did not violate quarantine rules

    Mayor Vico Sotto asked “the NBI is under the DOJ. So why will you summon a mayor if there is no law violated?"

    PASIG City Mayor Vico Sotto on Tuesday insisted he did not violate any law or government rule when he allowed tricycles and motorcycles to continue plying their routes within city boundaries after the entire Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine on March 17.

    Sotto, through Pasig City Administrator Jeron Manzanero, made the manifestation in his reply to the summons sent by the National Bureau of Investigation which has initiated an investigation on the neophyte local executive.

    The NBI initially invited Sotto to appear before probers for supposedly violating the Bayanihan We Heal as One Act. It later said the city executive was being investigated for violating the presidential order placing Luzon under ECQ and suspending all forms of mass transportation.

    Sotto was a no-show and instead sent Manzanero to represent him.

    “Sinasabi po namin na fully compliant kami sa lahat ng mga direktiba ng nasyunal na pamahalaan (We are fully compliant with the directives issued by the national government),” Manzanero said.

    Manzanero said Sotto’s reply was brief because the NBI has yet to inform them what specific law was allegedly violated and the extent of the investigation that will be conducted.

    He said that upon receiving the NBI summons on April 1, the city government sought clarification from the agency as to what actions and issues will be investigated, but until now, they have yet to get a response.

    He said they could not give a proper reply without knowing the specific allegations.

    Manzanero said Sotto is more than willing to cooperate with the NBI in its probe and with the national government in the implementation of regulations regarding the enhanced community quarantine.

    Sotto has been castigated by the Department of Interior and Local Government for allowing the operations of tricycles in his city to ferry health workers and other frontliners despite the ban on public transport. The alleged violation reportedly took place on March 17 and 18.

    The city government has since used e-bikes for the same purpose.

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