MANILA - Celebrities took to social media to express their support for Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it launched an investigation on Sotto's alleged violation of the newly-enacted Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.
Among those who expressed support for Sotto are Bianca Gonzales, Angel Locsin, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Janine Gutierrez, Jodi Sta. Maria, Kim Chiu, Angelica Panganiban and Donny Pangilinan, among others.
Bela Padilla also called on friends Chiu and Panganiban to protect Sotto.
Sotto was asked to explain by the NBI why he should not be charged for allegedly violating the Bayanihan law, which was enacted amid a month-long lockdown of Luzon to prevent the further spread of the contagious virus.
The NBI cited Section 6A of the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, which penalizes "LGU officials disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines."
Penalties include imprisonment of 2 months or a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P1 million or both as directed by court.
The Pasig mayor was known to have caught the attention of the national government after he rejected banning tricycles in Pasig despite the government's directive to suspend all public transportation in Luzon under lockdown guidelines.
The hashtag #ProtectVico remains on the top spot of worldwide trending topics on Twitter as netizens protest the NBI's act.