Vico Sotto takes oath as Pasig Mayor, vows fight vs corruption

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 30 2019 01:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2019 10:31 AM

Newly elected Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto takes his oath with parents actor Vic Sotto and Connie Reyes on June 30, 2019. Rob Reyes, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Vico Sotto took his oath as Mayor of Pasig City on Sunday promising to fight corruption and end partisanship.

Sotto, who triumped against his opponent, former Mayor Robert Eusebio, whose clan has been reigning in Pasig City for 27 years, was sworn in by Commission on Audit Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo.

Sotto was joined by his parents, showbiz veterans Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes.

In his speech, the 30-year old politician assured Pasigueños that he will always prioritize them.

He said that his victory is not just for him and his family, but for the people of Pasig City.

“Hindi naging madali ang paglaban natin... para sa akin, para sa aking pamilya’t mga kaibigan, at sa inyong lahat na tumulong at nakibaka para sa akin... Ang laban natin ay hindi lang laban ko, kundi laban ng bawat Pasigueño. Ang tagumpay na ito, hindi lang tagumpay ni Vico, kundi tagumpay ito ng bawat Pasigueño,” the mayor said.

The hashtag he used during his campaign “Iba Naman” has been changed to “Pasigueño Naman” and Sotto said it is his conviction that it is time for Pasig City to experience change.

Sotto promised that his government will be one that is accountable, responsive, transparent and inclusive.

“Pinanghahawakan ko ang inyong tiwala sa akin bilang pagpapahayag na sabik tayong maramdaman ang pagbabago sa ating lungsod,” he said.

He added: “Wakasan na atin ang kultura ng pananakot. Dapat ay mayroon tayong kultura ng pagpapabilang. Lahat ay inaanyayahan natin na maging kaakibat sa paggobyerno. Lahat ay welcome sa ating pamahalaan.”

Some of his priority projects will focus on what he calls the “big 5 agenda” -- health, education, housing and urban development, participatory governance, and anti-corruption projects.

“Isang bagay ang malinaw: Walang relokasyon, walang demolisyon hangga’t walang maayos na relokasyon,” Sotto said.

“Ang laban kontra-korapsyon, palalakasin natin ang mga mekanismo sa pagbibigay ng feedback o reklamo. Ako mismo ang magbibigay aksyon sa mga reklamo kontra katiwalian,” he added.

In ending his speech, Sotto appealed for the trust and participation of the Pasigueños to attain a better and more progressive Pasig City.

Pasig Congressman Roman Romulo, Pasig City Vice Mayor Iyo Caruncho and the newly elected city councilors also took their oath of office during the ceremony.

“Sana po huwag natin kalimutan kung bakit tayo tumindig. Tayo ay tumindig para sa kabataang Pasigueño na nais lamang ay kalidad na edukasyon at buhay. Para sa Pasigueño na nais lamang manirahan sa isang lipunan na pantay ang pagtrato sa kanya ng kapwa Pasigueño. Para sa kapakanan ng bawat Pasigueño,” Romulo said in his speech.

In an ambush interview, Sotto said his team is now working with the previous administration for a smooth transition.

“Currently, we’re in the process of going through all the financial documents of the city, contracts the city has entered into. It’s a tedious process but we’re going through it now,” he told reporters in Pasig City.

Asked if he has a message for former Mayor Robert Eusebio, Sotto said: “Wala naman. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Eusebio family sa mga nagawa nila para sa Pasig, pero sa ngayon panahon na para sa makabagong politika sa ating lungsod.”

Sotto also told his critics: “Panahon na para magkaisa at mag-move forward tayo, na magkaisa tayo, hindi lang para sa akin, kundi para sa buong Pasig.”

Sotto said he has already met some of the mayors in Metro Manila and is excited to work with them.

“I’m confident we’ll be able to work well together. Marami kaming dapat pag-usapan tulad ng traffic. Di kaya ng isang mayor 'yan na solusyonan, dapat magtulungan lahat ng mayor, gayundin ang paglilinis ng mga ilog natin.”

“Pinaghandaan natin ito at very thankful ako na the other mayors respect me,” he said.