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Vico Sotto shuts down illegal Chinese restaurant in Pasig, says no to POGO

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:38 AM

'Kakapal ng mukha!' Indignant at owners of a permit-less restaurant, the Pasig mayor offers to help the Bureau of Immigration track down and deport illegal workers and businessmen in the city.

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents on October 8, 2019, his 100th day in office. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto: Pasig schools will use 'sablay' instead of toga at graduations

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:56 PM

It's more Filipino and more affordable, says the Pasig mayor

PASIG MAYOR. Vico Sotto poses with students at one of Pasig's public schools on his 100th day in office in October 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto regularizes 109 more Pasig government employees

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Some of these workers have been around even before the 30-year-old mayor was born

JOB SECURITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto poses with a city government employee after he announced the regularization of 109 city hall workers on February 10, 2020. Photo from Pasig City Public Information Office

Vico Sotto signs Pasig's disaster response deal with Cagayan Valley

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pasig is the first city in Metro Manila to sign a disaster response agreement with its designated partner region. If the 'Big One' strikes, Cagayan Valley will come to Pasig City's aid.

PARTNER RESPONDERS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto signs a memorandum of understanding with Cagayan Valley Region Office of Civil Defense Director Dante Balao, that the region's disaster response teams will come to the city's aid in case of "the big one" earthquake of the Marikina Valley Fault. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Driver shot in alleged road rage incident in Pasig

Jan 31, 2020 - 6:28 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Pasig City Police say road rage was the motive behind the shooting incident

13 Pasig traffic enforcers test positive for drug use

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Mayor Vico Sotto says all Pasig City traffic enforcers were subjected to a surprise drug test

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses his traffic enforcers. Photo from the Facebook page of Vico Sotto

'Death of patronage politics': Vico Sotto regularizes 53 Pasig gov't employees

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:34 PM

The newly regularized employees have served Pasig City Hall for decades, among them Roberto Rodrigo who had been a contractual worker for 43 years

FINALLY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto with Roberto Rodrigo, a city hall employee who has been finally regularized after 4 decades. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page

Pasig police arrest suspect in rape, strangling of young girl

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:09 PM

A raiding team from Barangay Pineda in Pasig finds the lifeless body of the Grade 1 student inside the house of the suspect

Suspect Gomer Sobido, photo from Pasig police

Vico Sotto slams trolls after saving P9M in cost of Pasig’s giveaway calendars

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The Pasig mayor boasts on social media about cutting the price of the yearly giveaways by 66%, and hits back at opponents who spread a false story

NO KICKBACKS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto's policy of clean, transparent public biddings has been saving the city government millions of pesos. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pasig saves P150M after Vico Sotto tightened public biddings

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Sotto’s own vow never to accept grease money, and a more transparent bidding process result in much lower cost of city government service and supply contracts

FIRST FRUIT. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said P150 million saved from less expensive government contracts were the 'first fruit' of efforts to curb corruption, and his own vow never to accept grease money from suppliers. File photo by Rappler

LOOK: Starbucks' 400th PH store in Estancia Mall

Nov 29, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Estancia's new Starbucks Reserve store is bigger and offers Reserve-exclusive beverages and pastries

Pasig’s Vico Sotto kicks off ‘Pamaskong Handog’ distribution

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Savings from cleaning up the local government enables the city to produce 400,000 goody bags – enough for every Pasigueño family – to end the old 'palakasan' system, says Sotto

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Playful back-to-back exhibits by Space Encounters Gallery lets you relive your childhood

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Four local contemporary artists contemplate childhood through their art

ODE TO CHILDHOOD. Space Encounters Gallery's back-to-back exhibits celebrate and explore the idea of childhood. Photo courtesy of Space Encounters Gallery

Año on Vico Sotto backing arrested workers: 'Don't take sides'

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

'Hanggang hindi pa tapos ‘yung case, dapat we stay neutral on the ground,' said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

STAY NEUTRAL. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that while local chief executives are responsible for maintaining peace and order, they must remain neutral on the ground. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Regent Foods: We won’t be cowed by Vico’s 'threats'

Nov 19, 2019 - 12:50 PM

'The Mayor’s mind is already made up on an unjust quid pro quo,' says the snack manufacturer as it refuses to heed Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto's call to drop charges against some striking workers

Arrested laborers freed after Vico Sotto helped them post bail

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) With a cut in pay for a 16-hour shift that barely gives them time to eat or pee, the striking workers tell Rappler how it is to live with dangerous packing machines

FREE AGAIN. Detained Regent Food Corporation workers walk out of the Pasig City Police headquarters with their supporters after Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto helped raise money to bail them out on November 18, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

'They're not criminals': Vico Sotto backs arrested workers in labor strike

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:26 PM

'These people are not criminals. They are fighting for what they believe to be just,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto in defending workers who held a strike against Regent Foods Corporation

WITH WORKERS. Vico Sotto sides with arrested workers in a labor dispute with Regent Foods Corporation. Rappler screenshot.

Health care gets biggest increase in Pasig’s P12-B budget for 2020

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The increase in the city's health budget is more than what Mayor Vico Sotto promised during the campaign and for which critics and trolls ridiculed him

Pasig City Mayor Vic Sotto addresses the housing sites for residents of Javier Bridge West Bank, Floodway, Maybunga on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto to implement winning hacks from PH's first ever 'Climathon'

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:42 AM

The Pasig mayor is looking at his constituents’ innovative ideas to make the city more environment-friendly, like sari-sari stores helping segregate garbage and inexpensive ways of 'upcycling' discarded plastic

BRIGHT IDEAS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto (2nd from right) poses with winners and judges from the city's Climathon on October 26, 2019. Sotto said the city government would implement the winners' proposals on reducing and recycling garbage. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Vico Sotto would offer Bobby Eusebio a Christmas gift

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Pasig mayor knows the old power is out to retake the city from him, but he is not about to resort to dirty tricks just to stay in office

NO TRAPO. 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

Rappler Talk: 100 days on, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto vows never to become ‘trapo’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Despite the old power's underhanded attempts to discredit him, the new leader insists on doing things the right way, even if it means 'sacrificing political capital'

IN NUMBERS: Vico Sotto’s first 100 days as Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is about doing governance in the way that we think it should be done. This is a stand against patronage politics. This is a stand against corruption,' says Sotto

NUMBERS TALK. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto highlighted achievements in health care, education, housing, social services, and good governance as he marked his first 100 days in office on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto suspends 2 Pasig officials for ignoring businesses' violations

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:57 AM

'We have discovered a suspicious trend' of establishments breaking environment laws and yet given permits from city hall to keep operating, the Pasig mayor says

HUNT DOWN. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vowed to identify and punish officials who issued permits to establishments despite environmental violations. File photo of Sotto at Pasig's Rainforest Park on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

[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