Vic Sotto on son Vico’s electoral win: It hasn't sunk in
MANILA, Philippines – Many voters erupted in cheer and joy when first-time councilor and political newcomer Vico Sotto won as Pasig City's new mayor in the 2019 midterm elections.
The 29-year-old politician ended the 27-year rule of the Eusebio clan in Pasig.
Among the many ecstatic voters and supporters of Vico Sotto were of course, his own parents, actor and host Vic Sotto and actress Coney Reyes.
Vic, after the announcement of his son's proclamation, was incredulous at first. "Hindi pa nag-si-sink in sa akin na may anak akong mayor," Vic told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, May 14. (It hasn't sunk in yet that I have a child who's a mayor.)
"Siguro, 'pag dating ng July, sa inauguration, siguro doon ko pa lang ma-ri-realize — 'Aba, may anak na akong mayor.'" (Probably, when July comes, during the inauguration, that's the only time I'll finally realize that I actually have a son who's a mayor.)
Vic also talked about what he think propelled his son to victory.
"Palagay ko sang-ayon sila doon sa campaign ni Vico na, una sa lahat, 'iba naman,' at pangalawa, 'yung pagbabago," Vic said. (I believe that they liked Vico's campaign because first, it wanted a difference, and second, it wanted change.)
"Ang tiningnan ng tao, 'yung integridad niya. 'Pag nagsalita siya kasi, ramdam mo na nanggagaling sa puso niya, hindi 'yung generic, motherhood statements. Totoo 'yung sinasabi, hindi dahil campaign period." (What people see is his integrity. When Vico talks, you feel that it comes from his heart – they're not just generic, motherhood statements. What he says is true, and not just because it's campaign period.)
Vic said he wouldn't be a "backseat father" to his son.
"'Yung experience niya sa government, sa civil society, ako'y tiwala sa kanya na he will deliver," he said. (With his experience in the government and civil society, I believe that he will deliver.)
"Kumbaga sa pelikula, ako'y supporting actor lang. Ang leading man dito, ang bida rito, si Vico. Nandito lang ako to support him, para mas palakasin ang kanyang loob. Iyon lang ang role ko." (Just like in the movies, I'm just the supporting actor. The leading man is Vico. I'm just here to support him and to give him strength. That is my role.)
Vico's mother Coney Reyes also expressed her relief and joy after her son was proclaimed by the local board of canvassers. "Glory to God!" she said, taking her son's hand and raising it in the air, according to ABS-CBN News.
“Thank you, Jesus!” she exclaimed. – Rappler.com
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