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‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt bureaucrats
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‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt Pasig bureaucrats

MANILA, Philippines, October 9 ------ Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said he would relentlessly pursue corrupt Pasig bureaucrats for accountability, as he heralded his administration’s achievements on his 100th day in office on Tuesday evening, October 8. Facing the crowd that gathered at Pasig’s Plaza Bonifacio for his State of the City Address, Sotto singled out the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), which inspects businesses for environmental safety. The mayor accused CENRO of having been remiss in its duty after he inspected and ordered the closure of a meat processing plant in Barangay Bagong Ilog that morning, for releasing waste water with hogs’ blood straight into the drainage and even onto the street.

“Warning, warning, warning nang ilang taon. Ano’ng nangyari sa warning? Sa dulo, nabigyan siya ng permit. Hindi naman inayos ’yung planta. Hindi naman inayos ’yung STP (sewage treatment plant) pero nabigyan ng permit,” Sotto said, digressing from his prepared speech. “Mag-isip-isip na po kayo dahil binigyan ko na po kayo ng 100 days para maglinis-linis ng mga ranggo ninyo,” Sotto warned.  “Kung hindi pa kayo magpakatino, hahabulin ko kayo. At hindi ko lang kayo hahabulin. Ipapakulong ko kayo,” he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sotto joined a surprise inspection of the plant whose workers said belonged to the restaurant chain Razon’s of Guagua. It did not have a sewage treatment plant or any anti-pollution facility, which the law requires, so Sotto had the place shut down, saying he did not care “even if a big company owned it.”