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Case Closed: Pasig City mayor Sotto’s issue on tricycle operations
Published April 2, 2020, 4:50 PM
By Chito Chavez

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday, April 2, said that the issue on the decision of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to initially allow tricycles to operate in the city during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) has been settled lawfully.

DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya admitted the agency had opposing views and miscommunication with Sotto, but the Pasig City mayor already stopped the measure in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) order for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

This was raised after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) summoned Sotto to respond to accusations of a possible violation of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.

Malaya said the DILG had agreed with the stand of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that Sotto “can’t be prosecuted for violating the Bayanihan Act because the alleged offenses were committed prior to its effectivity into law.”

Malaya noted that it is a useless political distraction, since Sotto has already abided by the order of the DILG and has banned the use of tricycles as public transportation in compliance with IATF guidelines.

“Therefore I see no reason for the summons. With all due respect to the NBI, we should consider this matter closed and we should instead focus all our time, efforts and energy in defeating Covid-19 which is our common enemy,” Malaya said.

Earlier, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año stressed that there was a difference between the tricycles allowed to operate in Pasig and the e-trikes in Manila. Año explained the e-trikes are commissioned by the Manila city government and are not for picking up individuals.

The Pasig City government is using its fleet of vehicles to transport medical workers and other essential personnel who are exempted from the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.