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Vico Sotto on why he avoids self-promotion over city projects: ‘Pera ng taumbayan ‘yun’

By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

Armed with jokes and humorous questions, TV Host Alex Gonzaga instead received serious responses from Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto as she visited his office for her latest YouTube vlog episode.

Gonzaga’s tour to Pasig City Hall doubled as an interview with Sotto on different topics — road congestion, local coronavirus outbreak response, and disaster monitoring.

When asked how he handles social media critics, Mayor Sotto said: “Dapat hindi ka masyado maapektuhan, pero sa isang banda, naniniwala ako, as a public servant, tinitingnan ko rin ‘yung feedback.”

Gonzaga also mentioned that she rarely saw Sotto’s photo on display.

“Hindi ako mahilig sa mga picture ko,” Sotto explained. 

“Atsaka, pag project ng LGU, bawal maglagay ng malaking pangalan ko. Bawal ‘yun. Kasi pera ng taumbayan iyon, e. Bakit ako maglalagay ng pangalan ko?” Sotto asked.

“Ang ibig ko lang sabihin, wala tayong utang na loob sa mga politiko. Puwede tayo magpasalamat na, ‘Maganda ‘yung proyekto, maganda ‘yung programa.’ Pero wala tayong utang na loob. Iba ‘yun,” he added.

The actress also brought up personal topics, including the mayor’s relationship with his parents — television personalities Connie Reyes and “Bossing” Vic Sotto.

“Medyo natakot sila para sa akin,” he said of their reaction to his running for mayor in 2019. 

“Pero kahit ganoon ‘yung feeling nila, talagang very supportive sila. Suwerte ako na ‘yung parents ko, very down-to-earth din.”

The 31-year-old local executive was also asked whether he is hoping to find a “first lady.”

“Sa ngayon, hindi naman priority ‘yan. Lalo noong nag-pandemic, wala ka nang time. Focus muna tayo sa trabaho,” Sotto answered.



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