- In an interview, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto explained his side over his alleged violation of Bayanihan to Heal as One Act
- Sotto said that the issue regarding him allowing tricycles in Pasig happened even before the act was enacted
- The mayor also mentioned that he totally followed the regulations of the national government regarding the issue
- He also said that he would cooperate with the National Bureau of Investigation regarding this matter
- However, Sotto shared that he is keen on focusing on his job amid the issue and COVID-10 crisis
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto explained his side in an interview about his alleged violation of Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
KAMI learned that Sotto aired his side of the story and insisted that he fully complied with the national government regarding the enhanced community quarantine guidelines.
In a Facebook video posted by the ABS-CBN News, Sotto said that the issue of him proposing to allow the tricycles to operate in Pasig City to help the health workers happened on March 18, 2020. However, the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act was enacted on March 24, 2020.
“Siguro, ‘yung panahong issue ‘yung tricycle, it was around March 18. Nagbigay ako ng opinyon ko, pwedeng sabihin na nanawagan ako, pero siguro naman po ‘yung pagbibigay ng opinyon, hindi naman ilegal ‘yon,” Sotto said.
“Noong sinabi naman ng national na hindi pwede, sumunod po kami immediately. Wala pong delays, sumunod po kami,” he added.
The mayor of Pasig said that he would cooperate with the NBI should they be needing any documents from them or if there will be any investigation regarding the matter.
“Sasagot naman po kami kung anong kailangan nila, kung anong kailangan nilang marinig mula samin, kung may mga dokumento silang kailangan, handa po kami kasi wala naman kaming tinatago. Handa po kami mag-cooperate kung may imbestigasyon man sila,” the mayor said.
However, Sotto said that for now, he would be focusing on doing his job to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Ang malungkot lang po dito, imbis na makapagtrabaho kami nang dire-diretso, maaabala pa kami, madi-distract pa kami,” he said.
“Ako, magfo-focus sa trabaho. Napakarami pa nating kailangang gawin para po mapabagal ‘yung pagkalat ng COVID-19,” he added.
You may watch his full interview here:
In a previous report by KAMI, NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin confirmed that Sotto was summoned by the NBI anti-graft division for allegedly violating the Bayanihan Act.
Vico Sotto is the son of former couple Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. Recently, he has been receiving praise for his actions regarding the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
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