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Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt Pasig bureaucrats

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:30 AM

In his State of the City Address, delivered on his 100th day in office, the first-term mayor gives updates on services that have been improved and expanded as reforms are introduced

FIRST 100 DAYS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto eases penalties on delayed housing payments

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says the government must help housing beneficiaries and only impose what is stated in contracts, instead of letting them get deep into debt

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto shuts down meat processing plant

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Kahit malaking kompanya pa ang may-ari ng plantang ito, wala kaming pakialam,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto conducts a surprise inspection in a meat processing plants in Bagong Ilog, Pasig on Ocober 8, 2019, after receiving complaints. Sotto orders its closure for violating the bulding code and ordinances governing sanitations. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto, the Prince of Pasig, must prepare for war

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Vico Sotto must keep in mind that he has an opponent raring to get back in power: ‘The old guard is up and about…their tentacles of corruption are still in city hall, occupying good positions’

TRANSITION. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says managing the first ever transition in administration since Pasig became a city in 1995 is challenging. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

Cynthia Villar wants to drastically cut Pasig River rehab body’s budget

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission's budget for 2020 to be cut by half and claims that the body should not be doing relocation projects

Pasig enrolls record 13,000 scholars as Vico Sotto renames program

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Pasig City Scholarship Program was previously named after former mayor Bobby Eusebio, who now faces a graft case at the Office of the Ombudsman

POWER TO THE YOUNG. Pasig City enrolls a record 13,000 scholars and enlists 480 young people to its paid internship program. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page.

MMDA says P200M needed to remove 2 rocks from potential ferry terminal

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Senator Angara, who chairs the committee on finance, is taken aback: 'Tatanggal lang ng dalawang bato? Anong klaseng bato 'yan?'

DREDGING AND REMOVAL. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority general manager Jojo Garcia says P200 million is needed for the dredging and removal of two boulders from a possible Pasig River ferry terminal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pasig River bridge grants allow hiring of Chinese blue-collar workers – DPWH

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The DPWH says this arrangement is allowed in the agreement that Manila signed with Beijing in May 2019

GRANT. The grant agreement with China allows the firms to hire Chinese workers for the Pasig River bridge projects. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Vico Sotto tells Pasig traffic enforcers not to fear calling cards

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The city government invests in body cameras for its traffic enforcers to make sure they'll do their job, and that motorists will let them

BLUE BOYS & GIRLS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has his eye on traffic enforcers, disciplining them while also offering them a shot at permanent jobs. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Pasig heads to Taiwan for 3x3 Kaohsiung Challenger

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Pasig gets back at Balanga in dramatic fashion to win the 4th leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Magiting Cup

PIVOTAL. Joshua Munzon leads Pasig over Balanga in the final of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Magiting Cup. Photo from release

Friday the 13th in Vico Sotto’s Pasig

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:43 AM

An earthquake jolts city hall into running a quick check of buildings in Pasig, which lies along the West Valley Fault

BI arrests 277 illegal Chinese workers in Pasig

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Immigration officials initially target 4 fugitives wanted in China for economic crimes but find 273 other undocumented Chinese workers engaged in illegal online operations during the raid at Ortigas Center

Duterte fires Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte does not say why he has axed Jose Antonio Goitia, but has threatened to throw him into the Pasig River

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Vico Sotto to focus on Freedom of Information, transparency in gov't projects

Sep 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The Pasig City mayor promises transparent public biddings for local government project contracts as he sets up mechanisms for free access to public records

Vico Sotto: I will not accept kickbacks

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Pasig City mayor guarantees that government contract prices will decrease by at least 10% during his term

Comelec division junks protest vs Vico Sotto

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the 2nd division decided unanimously, citing the 'insufficiency in form and substance' of Eusebio's protest

UNANIMOUS VOTE. Members of the Comelec Second Division unanimously dismiss on August 30, 2019, the electoral protest filed by reelectionist mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) against challenger Vico Sotto in May 2019. Eusebio’s photo from his FB; Sotto’s photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto's 9th week was a huge shoutout to the youth

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The 30-year-old mayor caps off his last ‘Linggo ng Kabataan’ as an officially ‘young' person by urging students to storm city hall with their ideas and suggestions

SPEAK UP. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto urges students to get involved with the city government's education programs, as he speaks at a forum on August 31, 2019

Vico Sotto tackles tricky tricycles, measly medicines on 8th week as ‘Bossing'

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The Pasig mayor also rewarded the city's honor roll scholars with cash, and funded student athletes competing in a tournament in Palawan

CITY BOSS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

P6.8-M drugs seized from Pasig ‘shabu tiangge’ syndicate remnants

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Alleged Buratong syndicate members Jalal Salamoden and Sampiano Rason are killed in a shootout with Pasig police

CRIME SCENE. Two alleged members of the Buratong Drug Syndicate engage members of the NCRPO-Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (NCRPO-RDEU) in a gun fight during a sting operation at a gasoline station in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City on Thursday midnight. Photo by Ben Nabong

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto fires ‘abusive’ city official

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Sotto shares photos of the dismissed official's vacated office and vows to go after erring bureaucrats 'with the full force of the law'

TOUGH CALL. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto meets with residents of Brgy. Santolan on August 9, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

On 7th week, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto was big on traffic

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:18 PM

But there was also dengue fever, a tricycle tussle, an anti-drug campaign, and the city government’s budget to sort out

LONG WEEK. File photo of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto from July 15, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Huge fish from Pasig River not safe to eat

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:29 PM

It's good news that fish have started to appear in the Pasig River, but they're not good enough to eat just yet because of high coliform

Vico Sotto warns Pasig barangay officials who close public roads

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The young mayor hits barangays that charge motorists for access to public roads, as local governments race to clear all streets to ease traffic within 60 days

ROAD CLEARING. Pasig City authorities remove an illegal structure blocking a road in Pasig City. Photo from the Facebook page of Vico Sotto

3 teens rescued from Pasig River by dredging crew

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:56 PM

River Warriors of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission save the teens, who had not expected the current to be that strong

RIVER RESCUE. River Warriors of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission prepare to rescue 3 teenagers found nearly drowning in the river. Screenshot from PRRC video

Vico Sotto vows relocation within Pasig for families near canal project

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Pasig City plans to widen an aqueduct along Marikina River to prevent floods but hundreds of informal settlers may face eviction

REST ASSURED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto consults informal settlers in Barangay Santolan about a flood control project on August 9, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Pasig to train doctors for barangay health centers – Vico Sotto

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Rizal Medical Center staff will help develop medical staff at barangay centers, so residents don't have to go to public hospitals for treatment of common illnesses

STRONG FRONTLINERS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto signs an agreement with the Rizal Medical Center for the training and development of doctors for barangay health centers. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page  SOURCE  Photo taken from Vico Sotto's offical Facebook page

'Notorious' Pasig traffic enforcers get chance at regularization

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The city's 'Blue Boys and Girls' take turns at a 'professionalization' course that could lead to permanent job contracts, as the local government tries to fix their reputation

JOB SECURITY. Pasig City's traffic enforcers take a course on professionalism as a way to possibly gain permanent employment with the local government. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Not all EPD cops pleased with Mocha Uson as community relations speaker

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Eastern Police District reportedly withdrew an invitation to a businessman – the original event speaker – in favor of the controversial blogger

GUEST. Blogger and President Duterte's ardent supporter Mocha Uson graces the community relations event of the Eastern Police District on July 29, 2019. Sourced photo

Vico Sotto announces program to professionalize Pasig traffic enforcers

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Mayor Vico Sotto offers traffic enforcers a way to secure their tenure even as he warns them to 'straighten up' or face dismissal and prosecution

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Old wives’ tales from the barangays of Pasig

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:32 PM

People obtain the most basic and mundane government services at the barangay, and its small inefficiencies and petty corruption snowball into a huge challenge for the city's new mayor

GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Vico Sotto supporters gather at the Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Man injured after car falls from 2nd floor of Pasig hotel

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Police say that according to the victim, the car lost its brakes, causing the vehicle to ram into the metal fence of the parking lot of the hotel

ACCIDENT. Rescuers gather around a car that had just fallen from the second floor of the Malayan Plaza parking lot in Pasig City on July 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of Kurt Ronald San Juan Esteban

[OPINYON] Vico at Isko: Governance in the age of social media

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Inihanda ng mga tinalo nilang pulitiko ang botante para sa mga gaya nina Isko Moreno at Vico Sotto – nililinis, inaayos ang mga lugar na pinagpasasaan ng kanilang kapangyarihan

LOOK: Manila, Pasig governments welcome 'Back to Bakuna' immunization program

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Health chief Francisco Duque III assures Manila and Pasig parents that vaccines work

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers a measles vaccine to a student during the school-based immunization campaign attended by local official led by city Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo at the Pasig Elementary School on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pasig City opens hotline for complaints, public record requests

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Here is how Pasig City residents can access its 24-hour information and complaints service

COMPLAINTS UNIT. The Pasig City government opens a 24/7 hotline and information desk also accessible online in an effort to increase transparency and cut corruption in the bureaucracy. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Vico Sotto promises to tell 'the good, the bad, the ugly' about Pasig City

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Pasig City Mayor says he would dismiss and punish errant city workers, as he opens a 24-hour public information and complaints desk

MORE TRANSPARENCY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto launches a 24-hour public information & complaints desk to address corruption and lapses in city government services. Photo by Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

Vico Sotto orders inventory of supplies amid missing P1.4B

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Pasig City government is 'now conducting a physical count of supplies and materials,' says Mayor Vico Sotto

New Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto takes his oath of office at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, June 30, in the presence of his celebrity parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Wilkins-Balanga Pure crowned new 3x3 champs

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Alvin Pasaol and Balanga flourish in the final round against the Pasig Kings with the return of key cog Santi Santillan

CHAMPS. Alvin Pasaol and Balanga conquer the fourth leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


Vico Sotto tells Zagu: 'Follow the law, respect workers’ rights'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Pasig mayor intervenes in a tussle between unionist and pro-management workers, and defends the protesters' right to remain on strike

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

COA flags Pasig City for excessive supplies worth P775 million

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:05 PM

'The excessive procurement of supplies and materials resulted in the slow/non-moving inventory items that may eventually go to waste,' says the Commission on Audit

‘Hindi kami aalis!’ Union, pro-management workers clash at Zagu factory strike in Pasig

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The clash effectively destroys a month-long picket line established by workers on strike

DEFIANT. Members of Organization of Zagu Workers-Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms and labor organizers raise their fists as they shout, '€œHindi kami aalis!'€ (We will not leave), despite the dispersal of their picket line and gate barricade in Pasig City on July 8, 2019. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

Pasig’s Vico Sotto to city hall workers: Smile even when 'not in the mood'

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:04 PM

The new mayor uses his father's brand of humor as he issues a stern warning to city hall employees

NO JOKE. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (2nd right) tells city hall employees to do their jobs properly and with a smile. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Supporters suffer from food poisoning at Imelda Marcos' birthday party

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:43 PM

(5th UPDATE) Senator Imee Marcos says their family did not organize the party for the former first lady

FOOD POISONING VICTIM. Hundreds of people  suffered from food poisoning after attending the party for Imelda Marcos in Pasig City on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Justice Reyes: Instead of West PH Sea, spend on Pasig river

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Other Duterte appointees in the Supreme Court defend President Duterte in a petition that accuses the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr defends President Rodrigo Duterte in an ongoing petition accusing the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vico Sotto suspends Pasig odd-even traffic scheme indefinitely

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Effective immediately, the new mayor's first order is part of a wide-ranging review of Pasig City's mobility and traffic situation

REVIEW. Mayor Vico Sotto forms a task force that will assess the traffic situation and the effectiveness of the odd-even scheme started by his predecessor. Photo from Sotto's FB

Pasig rules 1st leg of 2019 Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Patriot's Cup

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Taylor Statham powers Pasig past Phenom-Basilan Steel, who had a dream start to the tournament

TOP TEAM. Pasig remains to be the country's top 3x3 basketball team as it edges out Phenom-Basilan Steel in the Final of the 2019 Patriot's Cup 1st leg. Photo from release

PRRC to speed up projects after low completion rate in 2018

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission says it will be on track to finish its projects by 2019

A man clean the Estero de Magdalena at Recto in Binondo, Manila on 30 March 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will start the simultaneous clean-up of estero tommorrow March 31, 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

COA: Most funds for waterways rehab used in 2018, but projects unfinished

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission failed to anticipate problems in the implementation of projects for waterways

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Vallos earns an average of 1 USD a day by selling the plastics to a junkshop. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)