MANILA — Eight months into his first term as Pasig City mayor, Vico Sotto is being called "Mama's favorite" anew, as his local government earned praise for its proactive measures amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The tag, a reference to his mother Coney Reyes' role in the modern classic "Four Sisters and a Wedding," was first assigned to Sotto when he was elected to his position in May 2019, as photos of the screen veteran with her son made the rounds online.
Those photos, of a proud Reyes hugging Sotto or raising his hand, circulated again on social media Wednesday, as netizens lauded the mayor's leadership style amid uncertainties and loss of livelihood during the Luzon-wide quarantine.
In particular, Sotto made headlines when he pushed that tricycles be allowed on the road — despite the national government banning public transport — for health workers and in case of medical emergencies.
Sotto's name as well as his city became trends on Twitter, too, amid reports that the mayor's office bought disinfectant drones, prepared food packs for frontliners and vulnerable residents, and vowed full salaries for government workers, among others.
On Thursday, #ProtectVico ranked atop the trending list, after blogger Mocha Uson posted a status critical of Sotto's decision to permit tricycle operations.
Uson happened to be one of the cast members of "Four Sisters and a Wedding," where her character was dragged by a Salazar sibling portrayed by Angel Locsin. Coney Reyes' other (onscreen) children, one fan quipped, would be ready to defend Sotto in a similar fashion.