Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has gotten many inquisitions about his romantic affairs since he was pushed into the limelight by politics, even more so when he was first elected city chief in 2019. In a rare lengthy interview, the much-admired public official said he’s stopped responding to such questions and explained the reason why
“Parang nagiging distraction siya, na ito ‘yung napapansin,” Sotto told Ogie Diaz in the latter’s popular interview show on YouTube. He said that towards the end of 2019, his first year in office, he decided to no longer respond to love life-related questions because his answer usually gets picked up by media, goes viral, and draws the public's attention more to his private life than his life as a public official.
He’s been very briefly linked to TV personality Gretchen Ho, actress Bea Alonzo, and even San Manuel, Tarlac mayor Donya Tesoro. None of these connections seemed to have progressed beyond the usual ‘tuksuhan’ though.
It's not that the 33-year old bachelor is annoyed by the question—he just prefers to keep his personal life under wraps so the public could focus more on the job he’s doing, the projects he has for Pasig. “Hindi naman tayo nandito para magpa-cute,” he said, “nandito tayo para magtrabaho.”
Sotto also revealed he has no plans yet for what he will take on when his mayoralty duties had run its course, which is still a number of years from now. He is aware many people are counting on him to run for the Philippine presidency in 2034—he would be past 40 by then which means he’s already qualified to run for the highest post in the land—but right now it seems the only thing he knows about the future is that he would like to return to teaching, which he briefly got into just before he decided to run for the Pasig mayoralty. He was teaching at Arellano University in Pasig and enjoyed it very much. In fact, he was already applying to other schools then, he shared with Diaz, and forging a path toward an alternative career to politics even as he was still a councilor.
Like the questions about his love life, the suggestion for him to run in the 2034 presidential elections is another distraction from the work at hand. He emphasized that he has to prioritize his responsibilities in Pasig. While he’s thankful that people are acknowledging his accomplishments, getting recognized is not the reason he is working for Pasigueños.