MANILA - Pasig City mayor-elect Vico Sotto on Thursday said he is willing to work with his opponents after some city hall employees allegedly wore black shirts in an apparent boycott against him during his proclamation.
Sotto bested reelectionist Bobby Eusebio in the midterm polls, ending the 27-year rule of the latter's clan in Pasig.
Sotto said the previous administration had instigated fear into the employees, causing them to think he would remove them from their posts.
"Ang tingin ko ho maraming kinakabahan, kasi yung kultura nga sa 27 taon na takot sila dun sa nakaupo, kaya yung iba kinakabahan na baka mamaya ganun din yung bago at tatanggalin lahat ng mga dating empleyado," he told radio DZMM.
"Pero ako po, di po ako ganun. Di po ako benggador, di po ako nagtatanim ng galit. Basta nagtatrabaho nang maayos, walang dapat ikatakot."
His uncle, Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, earlier said city hall employees who staged the protest should resign from their post.
Sotto added that he is willing to work with anyone, especially with reelected vice mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo.
"Ako naman po handa ang makipagtrabaho kahit kanino, kahit kaaway sa politika. Pagdating naman ng trabaho dapat di tayo namimili kung sinong makakatrabaho natin," he said.
Sotto has vowed that he will prioritize healthcare and social services over infrastructure spending, and will end the confusing traffic scheme in his city.