With no school and work to keep most of us busy, "trash-talkan" online groups are seen sprouting left and right on Facebook. These communities trash-talk one another, as if they're in a sports event where each side is rooting for their home team. There's Big Four Trashtalkan, Trashtalkan Ng Mag-Ex, and even K-Pop Trashtalkan where the number one rule is: "Bawal pikon." Some trash-talks are unnecessarily offensive, but there are some burning statements that we stan. In today's unofficial government "trash-talkan," there's the National Bureau of Investigation on one side and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on the other.
The anti-graft division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on April 1 summoned the mayor for possible violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. The directive, which was made into law on March 25, gives "emergency powers" to President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure that all local government units are "acting in line with the rules, regulations, and directives issued by the National Government." According to NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin, Vico is being asked to explain his side for allegedly disobeying the national government policy in suspending all modes of transportation following the imposed "community quarantine" that started on March 15.
This comes after Vico begged the national government to exempt tricycles from the mass public transportation ban, citing the difficulty for health workers and patients to travel from one place to another within the city. "Pa'no na rin po kung magkaroon ng emergency, lalo na sa mga lugar na tricycle lang ang kasya?," he pointed out in a Facebook post on March 18. This plea was rejected by the Palace. "May jeep ka or may multi-cab ka or four-wheel vehicle, either sa iyo or makihiram ka sa constituents mo or something," Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing on the same day.
Vico immediately complied; and by March 20, Global Electric Transport partnered with the local government unit to roll out two COMET electric vehicles to offer free rides for health workers and city personnel. And for those places that can only be reached by tricycles? The city hall asked for bike donations for health workers, which concerned citizens and private organizations immediately responded to.
It's been weeks since the matter in question was resolved, and Pasig City has already moved on to providing mobile kitchens for frontliners and setting up a "mobile palengke." Meanwhile, Vico's tweet on April 1 about the issue was short and sweet: "We complied with all directives. Hindi po illegal magbigay ng opinyon...at alam kaya nila na March 24 naging batas ang Bayanihan Act?" The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines prohibits ex post facto laws.
People on Twitter were quick to express support for Sotto as #ProtectVico landed on the top spot on Twitter's global trend (read: global).
Supporters' tweets also don't disappoint, with some quick to compare what the other mayors and public officials are doing...badly. Here are some statements wearing the #ProtectVico badge:
Here we go.
The trash-talk begins.
We're as confused.
Is this the last straw we've been waiting for?
An easy-to-digest comparison.
This meme just goes with everything.
Well. Look at that.
This is how millennials do it.
Even celebrities are chiming in.
That's it. That's the tweet.
A good idea!