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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto. (Facebook grab)

Celebrities expressed their support for Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) subpoenaed him for possible violation of the Bayanihan We Heal As One Act.

Janine Gutierrez, Bela Padilla, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Kim Chiu, ZsaZsa Padilla, Chie Filomeno, Maris Racal, Bianca Gonzalez, Julie Anne San Jose, Sofia Andres and Lauren Young are all calling for the protection of the mayor as they find the NBI’s move unnecessary because the Bayanihan Act or any other law cannot be applicable retroactively.

Most of the celebrities urged the government to call Senator Koko Pimentel instead for violating the Enhanced Community Quarantine protocols by roaming around Makati Medical Center despite having COVID-19 symptoms.

The public outcry on the NBI prompted it to invite Pimentel for his alleged violation.

Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Pangilinan called the subpoena a not funny April Fool’s joke and unconstitutional.

“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,” said Pangilinan.

“A case against Sotto for acts done before the effectivity of the Special Powers Act will not fly as it will violate Art. III, Sec. 22 of the Constitution, which reads “[n]o ex post facto law or bill of attainder shall be enacted,” added Pangilinan.

“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,” said Pangilinan.

“Panawagan ko sa mga kapwa lingkod-bayan: 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. Umayos kayo,” added the senator. With Hana Bordey

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