Vico Sotto, nanagawan na sa mga Pasigueños matapos ipatawag ng NBI

Vico Sotto, nanagawan na sa mga Pasigueños matapos ipatawag ng NBI

- Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has been summoned by the NBI anti-graft division for supposedly violating the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act

- NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin made the confirmation to the media

- The supposed violation is related to the mayor’s request to allow tricycles in his city to operate so that frontliners, health workers, patients, and employees can have access to public transportation

- Sotto also allowed tricycles to transport health workers so that they could get to their places of work during the first week of the community quarantine

- After the NBI received backlash for summoning Sotto, the latter immediately took to social media to address the citizens of his city

- The Pasig mayor told the public to remain calm and to not lose focus on their main priority, which is to save and protect lives amidst the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has been lauded by many for trying to implement measures to protect the citizens of his city and make their lives better amid the COVID-19 crisis.

However, it has been confirmed that he has been summoned by the NBI anti-graft division for supposedly violating the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, which mandates local government units (LGUs) to comply with national guidelines.

After the NBI received backlash for summoning Sotto, the latter immediately took to social media to address the citizens of his city.

The Pasig mayor told the public to remain calm and to not lose focus on their main priority, which is to save and protect lives amidst the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines.

“Mga kapwa ko Pasigueño, wag niyo intidihin ang mga isyu-isyu na ganun. Nagbigay na ako ng statement sa mga nagtatanong tungkol sa abalang dinala sa akin ng NBI kanina... ok na yun. Mga national officials na rin ang nagsabi na mali yung ginawa nila.
“Ang mahalaga, TULOY ANG TRABAHO.
“Hindi perpekto ang ating lokal na pamahalaan, pero nagsusumikap tayo upang matulungan natin ang lahat ng nangangailangan ng tulong ngayong panahon ng krisis.
“Salamat po sa patuloy na kooperasyon ng nakararami sa atin. Tuloy-tuloy po ang distribusyon ng grocery foodpacks sa mga nangangailangan. (May mga nagiging problema sa ibang lugar, pero nasosolusyunan naman natin.) Tuloy din ang pagbibigay ng ayuda sa iba't ibang sektor. Sa tulong ng Sanggunian, nataasan pa natin ang matatanggap ng mga tricycle driver mula 3k hanggang 4k.
“Malapit na rin dumating ang tulong pinansyal sa mahigit 100K pamilya sa tulong ng nasyonal na pamahalaan.
“Yung sa medikal na aspeto naman, nasa mabuting kamay tayo at nakaplano ng maigi ang phases ng aksyon natin.
“Focus tayo. Mula barangay hanggang nasyonal, magtulungan lang po tayo. Malalagpasan din natin ang krisis na dulot ng #Covid19,” Sotto posted on Facebook.

According to NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin, the supposed violation is related to the mayor’s request to allow tricycles in his city to operate so that frontliners, health workers, patients, and employees can have access to public transportation.

In the first week of the community quarantine, Sotto allowed tricycles to transport health workers so that they could get to their places of work.

When his requests got denied, the mayor promised to comply with the directives from the Palace.

Sotto will be allowed to explain his decisions when he meets with the NBI.

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In a previous report by KAMI, Sotto promised to give financial aid to PUV drivers amid the public transportation shutdown in Luzon.

Vico Sotto is the son of former couple Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. He became a household name after receiving praise as the new mayor of Pasig City.

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