VIGAN CITY — Senator Francis Pangilinan released a statement criticizing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for summoning Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto over alleged ‘violation’ of the Bayanihan Act.
News reports this evening revealed that the NBI sent Sotto “an invitation letter” as confirmed by the bureau’s Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin, and that Sotto is scheduled to appear at the NBI on April 7 at 10:00 am.
However, the Sen. Pangilinan asserts that the Pasig mayor has not violated any law because the act in question was done before the effectivity of the Bayanihan Law.
“Paano nilabag ni Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto ang batas na hindi pa batas? Ginamit ang mga improvised tricycle bago mag-March 18. Umapela, tinanggihan, at sumunod sa utos si Mayor Vico March 19. Naging batas ang Bayanihan to Act Heal as One Act (Special Powers Act) noong March 24,” the statement said.
A case against Mayor Sotto would be a violation of the Constitution, the senator said citing Art. III, Sec. 22 of the Constitution which reads “[n]o ex post facto law or bill of attainder shall be enacted.”
The senator urges NBI to withdraw the summon. “I-atras na ang pananakot na kasuhan si Mayor Vico. Nagtatrabaho siya nang mabuti at naghahanap ng solusyon at paraan para makatulong. Habulin ang mga tunay na pahirap ngayong may epidemya.”
He also sends a plea to fellow public officials:
“Huwag tayong magpagamit sa ibang interes at kapritso— kapakanan ng taumbayan sana ang pokus natin sa lahat ng oras lalo na ngayong panahon ng peligro. Huwag na ninyong dagdagan ang mga kapalpakan at pagsipsip. Hindi kayo nakakatulong.”