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‘What are they talking about?’ Tito Sotto defends nephew Vico, tells NBI that Bayanihan law can’t retroactively applied vs Pasig City mayor

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Senate President Tito Sotto has rushed to the defense of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto after the authorities warned him about possible violation of the Bayanihan law.

In a series of tweets, Sotto tried to enlighten the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that Republic Act No. 11469 does not have retroactive effect to the detriment of any person. Sotto is the principal author of the law that gives President Duterte more powers to address the coronavirus emergency.

The NBI earlier asked the Pasig City mayor to explain his alleged violation of the new law. Before the passage of the Bayanihan law, Sotto allowed tricycles to ferry health workers despite the suspension of public transport ordered by the national government. He later complained with the government’s regulation and tapped other form of transportation for health frontliners.

“What are they talking about? Laws are never retroactive if detrimental to any accused,” Sotto tweeted.

“NBI will be well advised to be cautious in their interpretation of the law I principally authored. Any so called violation of RA 11469 can’t be retroactive!” he said.

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