Vico Sotto tells rival Eusebio: It's time to move forward

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2019 09:47 AM

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MANILA -- Pasig mayor-elect Vico Sotto on Monday told his predecessor Bobby Eusebio that it was time "to move forward" after the latter refused to concede defeat in the election. 

Eusebio, whose family has been in power since 1992, said he will lodge a case against the 29-year-old Sotto for allegedly manipulating the May 13 election. 

"If it's true and if he does push through that, medyo nakakatawa naman. Sila iyung incumbent, hawak nila ang ballot boxes... If he does push through with it, siya naman po ang mapapahiya, hindi naman po kami," Sotto told ANC. 

(That's funny. They were the incumbent, they held the ballot boxes. If he does push through with it, he'd be the one humiliated, not us.) 
 
"It's his right, he can do it but it's time for us to move forward. I'm willing to work with him so we can have a smooth transition in our local government," he added. 

Some city hall employees allegedly wore black shirts when Sotto was proclaimed mayor last Tuesday and stopped the distribution of financial assistance to the poor on Thursday. 

Sotto said some of employees told him they were only forced to join the protest. 

"I don't think it will be a really, really big problem. We've heard the voice of the people and that's what's important," he said.

City hall employees, even those who support Eusebio, will only be removed from their post if they are "involved in something illegal, especially corruption," said the mayor-elect. 

"I'm not asking for anyone's loyalty. You don't need to be loyal to me to remain an employee of city hall. What's important is you're loyal to the city, you're loyal to your service," he said. 

ANC, 20 May 2019